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Federal FY2018 Spending Bill Increases Title IV-A Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday afternoon, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending package that funds the government through September.

Notably, the bill increases funding for the Department of Education by $3.9 billion and funds the Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program at $1.1 billion. This program was funded at only $400 million in FY2017, so this year’s funding level represents a 250% increase. Because of the increase, the program will most likely operate as a formula grant program—as originally intended—as opposed to operating as a competition between State Education Agencies (SEAs).

Title IV-A is the result of Congress’ decision to consolidate more than 20 existing programs into a single flexible block grant program that allows schools to fund, among other things, a “well-rounded education.” “Well-rounded education” is broadly defined, and explicitly includes language learning. ACTFL and its supporters have been active and prominent members of the Title IV-A coalition, which has led the charge to increase funding for the program since its inception.

The bill also includes level funding for international education programming, Title VI/Fulbright-Hays, at $72 million, and level funding for teacher preparation programs, Title II, at $2.1 billion.

ACTFL, JNCL-NCLIS, NADSFL and NCSSFL have developed an ESSA toolkit to help you navigate Title IV-A and other provisions included in ESSA. Watch the webinar and download the toolkit.

About ACTFL:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018