Congress’ spending bill demolishes many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ budget priorities and proposals. The bill rejects many of her proposed cuts for the department, and instead allocates more money to the Office for Civil Rights, preserves funding for before and after school programs, and keeps in place a grant program that helps provide school-based mental health services.
House and Senate leaders released this bill, which would fund the government through September, on Wednesday evening. Devos wanted to use $1 billion on her school choice priorities, such as promoting private school vouchers, magnet schools, and charter schools, but the omnibus bill excluded funding for her school choice program. Congress would also boost department funding by $3.9 billion.