Secretary’s Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs
This document has a comment period that ends in 32 days. (11/13/2017)
In order to support and strengthen the work that educators do every day in collaboration with parents, advocates, and community members, the Secretary proposes 11 priorities and related definitions for use in discretionary grant programs that are in place today or may exist in the future.
The Department believes that more Federal programs are not a sufficient proxy for progress and that increased Federal funding cannot be a stand-in for increased learning. We will focus less on discrete funding streams and more on innovative problem solving. This can only happen when everyone gets a seat at the table and can focus on high-priority local projects that promote change from the ground up. We will place a renewed focus on our core mission: serving the most vulnerable students, ensuring equal access for all students, protecting their path to a world-class education, and empowering local educators to deliver for our students.
Proposed Priority 1—Empowering Families to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Child’s Unique Needs.
Proposed Priority 2—Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education with an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers.
Proposed Priority 3—Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills.
Proposed Priority 4—Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills that Prepare Students to be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens.
Proposed Priority 5—Meeting the Unique Needs of Students and Children, including those with Disabilities and/or with Unique Gifts and Talents
Proposed Priority 6—Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science.
Proposed Priority 7—Promoting Literacy.
Proposed Priority 8—Promoting Effective Instruction in Classrooms and Schools.
Proposed Priority 9—Promoting Economic Opportunity.
Proposed Priority 10—Encouraging Improved School Climate and Safer and More Respectful Interactions in a Positive and Safe Educational Environment.
Proposed Priority 11—Ensuring that Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational Choices.
The bottom line is decreased federal funding for education in America.
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