On March 9, 2022, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of the omnibus spending package, which contains all 12 fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations bills, totaling more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding through September 30, 2022. The package includes a 6.7 percent ($42 billion) increase in non-defense discretionary programs, including $213.6 billion in non-defense discretionary funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), a $15.3 billion increase over the FY 2021 package.
The non-defense discretionary funding also includes $1.28 billion dollars for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment block grant program under Title IV-A of ESSA, which is a $60 million increase over FY21. This flexible funding stream has allowed states and districts to invest in a multitude of evidence-based programs that offer the support students need to succeed and thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. The Title IV-A block grant program helps to support the establishment and retention of school counseling programs across the country.
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