Positive Signs for STEM Education in Federal FY19 Budget
Society of Women Engineers – press release – October 30, 2018
With the passage into law of the FY19 (10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019) spending bill that will fund Department of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services, President Trump committed federal dollars to key budget line items SWE has been advocating for since the proposal of the FY18 budget in early 2017 and the FY19 budget earlier this year, respectively.
The package increases education spending; the Department of Education would get $581 more than in FY 2018. In addition, the bill rejects the spending cuts proposed by the White House earlier this year. Significant line items the administration originally slated for elimination included the Title IV, Part A block grant (the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program), Title II aid for educator professional development, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports afterschool programs.