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posted Dec 21, 2015, 7:41 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Dec 21, 2015, 7:41 AM ]
By: Tyler Nixon

     First reported by US News, the Department of Education just received $1.2 increase, most of which covers funding for lower income families and special education programs.

     According to sources the benefits will not be applied to school districts until the 2016-2017 school year. They also reported that funding for “early childhood” programs such as Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant have received significant increases. On the contrary, a federal program that assists states looking to improve their poorest performing schools has seen a decrease in funding. However it is actually a plus that there is still funding for the program seeing as how the new education law will rid of the program as a whole when it's implemented during the 2017-2018 school year.

     Education has been a huge topic for Congress in recent weeks. Just last week Congress passed an extension of a federal student loan program that had expired at the end of September. The Perkins Loan Program distributes the money to the colleges and universities who then distribute the money to the students from there. The benefits are strictly restricted to students with exceptional need and loans have been made out to about 500,000 undergrad and graduate students yearly over the last several years. According to US News Representative Bobby Scott stated, “We are fundamentally changing the nature of a program that has been instrumental in preserving college affordability for students in need.”


Source Url:http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015-12-17/education-comes-out-on-top-in-federal-spending-bill

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