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Professional learning funding passed

By Learning Forward
April 2022

The Department of Education will receive a nearly $3 billion increase over the last fiscal year in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by Congress and signed by the president last month. While this is far short of the president’s request, it represents significant progress.

Most K-12 programs will see only incremental increases and not the massive change that the president had requested and that the House of Representatives had supported originally.

Title IIA, the primary source of federal funding for professional learning, received a $27 million increase in the final measure — significantly less than the $150 million increase proposed in the initial House of Representatives bill.

The majority of the new education money will go toward Title I, which saw a $1 billion increase, and IDEA, which received a $448 million bump. The bill also includes $111 million within School Safety National Activities for Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration Grants and School-Based Mental Health Services Grants, an increase of $95 million over last year’s level, to help local education agencies directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools — supports that should benefit all educators and students.


Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.


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