$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.