Posted November 03, 2018 12:00:15President Barack Obama announced the $1.5 billion program Wednesday to help states make more grants to schools.
More than $1 billion in grants will be awarded over the next five years for school districts and states to support their students in math, science, and English language learners.
“These grants are critical to building high-performing schools that will prepare children for success in the workforce and the community,” Obama said in a statement.
“It’s critical that states and school districts get the resources they need to ensure that students, parents, and teachers are equipped for success.”
Under the program, states will be able to apply to receive up to $1 million per year for five years.
The money will be spent on grants to support schools and districts.
It is unclear how much funding each state will receive.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services will coordinate with state and school officials to ensure the programs are being used appropriately.
In a statement, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said, “We’re confident that these grants will help our nation’s schools get the support they need, particularly with the rapid changes in technology and the new technologies that we’re seeing in the classroom.”
The Education Grants Program is the first major overhaul of federal education funding since the Bush administration.
The Department of Defense is expected to be the primary provider of the grants.
The program has been plagued by delays and funding woes since the Obama administration began making grants available.
It was also delayed when the Trump administration began implementing the changes in 2017.
The federal Department of Labor will provide a $25 million federal matching fund to help cover the cost of administering the program.
The White House said the program is “designed to provide additional funding for districts to invest in their schools and teachers to ensure they can be more effective in preparing students for college, the workforce, and other life-changing decisions.”