Some end-of-year wins in Washington for educators

The budget deal that Congress finally approved shortly before the holidays included several victories for public education and educators. Here are some, as compiled by NEA:

  • $450 million increase in Title I grants
  • $410 million increase for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • $550 million increase for Head Start
  • An additional $25 million in funding for full-service community schools
  • $25 million appropriation for research on gun violence as a public health issue
  • 3.1 percent pay raises for educators on military bases and other civilian federal employees
  • Rejection of the Trump/DeVos efforts to cut education funding by $7.4 billion and rejection of their plan to expand federal funding for private school vouchers