The President signed into law the FY 2019 appropriations bill that funds the departments of Defense, Labor, Education, Health and Human Services on September 28, 2018. The Conference Report includes a continuing resolution through December 7 for agencies not funded by September 30, averting a partial government shutdown. This is the first time in a decade Congress has finalized the spending measure before the start of the new fiscal year.
The bill includes a $581 million increase in total over the FY 2018 enacted level for the U.S. Department of Education. The bill includes slight increases for: IDEA- Part B, $87 million; IDEA- Part C, $10 million; and IDEA- Part D- Personnel Preparation, $5 million. The bill also includes level funding for the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Act which was eliminated in the President’s proposed budget. All other IDEA programs and National Center for Special Education Research were level funded at the FY 2018 enacted level.
A special thanks to all CEC advocates who have urged Congress to increase appropriations for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf.