Young Audiences Applauds FY2020 Funding Increases Proposed by House LHHS-Education Subcommittee

April 30, 2019 |

As a member of the Title IV-A Coalition, Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to offer the response below to the House’s draft FY20 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, released April 29. The bill calls for $1.32 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This marks an increase of $150 million over the enacted FY19 level, indicating strong support of the Title IV-A program.

Young Audiences is grateful for this and other funding increases proposed to support well-rounded and arts education programs, including: $16.9 billion for Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies, a $1 billion increase over FY19 enacted level; $2.6 billion for Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants (Title II-A), a $500 million increase over FY19 enacted level; and $1.3 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a $100 million increase above FY19 enacted level.  

We sincerely appreciate the subcommittee’s investment in our nation’s youth through their support of these programs. 

The Title IV-A Coalition is grateful for the funding boost to SSAE grant program proposed by House Subcommittee

On behalf of the undersigned members of the Title IV-A Coalition, we offer the following response to the House’s FY 2020 LHHS-Ed appropriations bill, which includes $1.32 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Washington D.C., April 30th, 2019 –– The Title IV-A Coalition is extremely grateful to the House LHHS-Education Subcommittee for the proposed $1.32 billion, an increase of $150 million over the enacted FY19 level, for the bipartisan Student Support and Academic Enrichment block grant program. We are thankful that House appropriators have once again recognized the importance of this flexible funding stream, which at this level of funding, will continue to allow districts to meaningfully invest in all three areas that the program supports: safe and healthy students, well-rounded education, and the effective use of technology. Building on the past two years of strong investments in Title IV-A, we are excited about the ongoing opportunity for states and districts to maintain and expand the critical programs and educational services they have been able to support using these funds. Additionally, providing continuous robust funding is necessary to allow districts to plan for the long-term sustainability of the services and programs funded under this program. The Coalition looks forward to working with the Department of Education, and state and district leaders to collect data that truly portrays the value of this investments over time. 


We sincerely thank the subcommittee for its strong support of the Title IV-A program and hope that, once Congress and the Administration reach a final agreement on overall spending caps, the final appropriations bill will include full funding for the SSAE grant program at its authorized level of $1.6 billion.


Title IV-A Coalition Members

Advance CTE

Afterschool Alliance

Alliance for Excellent Education

American Counseling Association

American Federation of School Administrators

American Heart Association

American Library Association

American Occupational Therapy Association American School Counselor Association

City Year

Committee for Children

Communities In Schools


Futures Without Violence

Girl Scouts of the USA

International Baccalaureate Organization International Society for Technology in Education League of American Orchestras

National Association for College Admission Counseling National Association for Music Education

National Association of School Nurses

National Association of School Psychologists National Association of Secondary School Principals National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National PTA

National Science Teachers Association

National Summer Learning Association

School Social Work Association of America


SHAPE America

STEM Education Coalition

The College Board

Trust for America's Health

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