4 Important Education Programs with Increased Funding

Before the buying season for the 2019-2020 school year is upon us, awareness of the allocation of funding within schools may be helpful when making purchasing decisions.

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TRIO and GEAR UP

Funding: $1.060 billion and $360 million respectively, an increase of $50 million and $10 million from 2018.

Program Details: TRIO and GEAR UP are programs that aim to increase high school graduation and college enrollment for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Academic, counseling, and college prep services are offered for these low-income students.

Initiative: Students who do not apply to college or drop out quickly, typically come from low-income families and attend ineffective elementary and secondary schools. Those low-income students who do attend college tend to graduate at a lower rate than more advantaged students. Providing funding to these students can help increase their graduation rate.

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Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies

Funding: $15.860 billion, an increase of $206 million from 2018.

Program Details: Title I provides funding to low-income school districts to improve the education of students. These funds can be used to support afterschool and summer learning programs.

Initiative: Low-income students are more likely to struggle with engagement in the classroom. These students are more likely to combat distress, lack of nutrition, and relationships issues, thus, performance in the classroom is affected. Funding programs that aid students from disadvantaged backgrounds can help improve classroom engagement.

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Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Amount: $1.263 billion, an increase of $70 million from 2018

Program Details: Career, Technical, and Adult Education programs provide all students the opportunity to complete secondary school, develop 21st century skills, and improve their quality of life.

Initiative: As our economy advances, the workforce needs to be increasingly more educated. The jobs and skills required today are far more complex than those in the past. In order to maintain a strong economy, both future graduates and current workers must be prepared for what lies ahead.

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Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

Funding: $1.17 billion, an increase of $70 million from 2018

Program Details: The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program aims to improve students’ academic achievements by providing all students with access to a well-rounded education, improving school conditions, and improving the use of technology and digital literacy for all. This grant funding can be used to support afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities.

Initiative: The number of positions in STEM fields are increasing faster than the number of candidates that are qualified to fill them. In turn, schools have taken the initiative to implement more interesting ways to teach STEM subjects. Students are now being introduced to STEM subjects at a young age to encourage interest in these subjects later in life.

Contact your DSC account manager to see our product offerings that support STEM subjects and 21st century learning.

Sources: Afterschool Snack, U.S. Department of Education

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