News and Notes from Capitol Hill

$24.8M Goes for School Counseling Grants: ED awards $24.8 million to 67 schools districts in 26 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the new Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by these grants.

 Bill would Reform Reporting Requirements: Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced S 1195, “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act,” a bill to amend the Higher Education Act to update reporting requirements for institutions of higher education and provide for more accurate and complete data on student retention, graduation, and earnings outcomes at all levels of postsecondary enrollment. 

OMB Director Calls for New Cuts: Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan tells the heads of federal departments and agencies to trim their requests for defense and nondefense programs by 5% from the FY 2017 discretionary total submitted as part of the FY 2016 request the administration sent to Congress in February. Unless otherwise directed by the White House, officials must focus on reducing areas of “fragmentation, overlap, and duplication” as recommended by the Government Accountability Office.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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