Legislative Update: July 2020

In July, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft fiscal year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill.

The proposal includes $172 million for a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education. Within this amount, the bill provides:

  • $110 million, an increase of $45 million over the FY 2020 enacted level, for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs within the Education Innovation and Research program. 
  • $22 million to continue funding for grants within the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program with a priority for teacher professional development and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies. 
  • $10 million within the School Safety National Activities program to continue funding for grants that will make schools safer by helping LEAs directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools. 
  • $30 million, an increase of $5 million over the FY 2020 enacted level, for Full-Service Community Schools to provide comprehensive services and expand evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities. 

The President’s budget proposes to eliminate all of these provisions. However, the House has passed these provisions despite the President’s proposal.

Read more about the draft funding bill. 

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