FY 2019 Appropriations Give Boost to IDEA Funding

The U.S. Congress has finalized a bill to fund the Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments for Fiscal Year 2019 which begins October 1, 2018.

The bill provides $71.5 billion in funding for the Education Department. Of that, $13.4 billion (18 percent) is designated for IDEA.

IDEA funding breaks down as follows:

  • IDEA Grants to States: $12.4 billion (an increase of $86.5 million over FY18)
  • IDEA Preschool Grants: $391.1 million (an increase of $10 million over FY18)
  • Grants for Infants and Toddlers: $470.0 million (same as FY19)
  • National Activities: $215.2 million (an increase of $6 million, 2.5 million for Technical Assistance &Dissemination and an increase of $3.5 million for Personnel Preparation)

While an increase to IDEA funds for state grants is appreciated, it doesn’t come close to the authorized amount – aka “full funding” – that we reported on recently. View your state’s IDEA funding gap using this interactive map.

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