School Choice tops the list of Priorities US Education Department Grants
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forth a new set of priorities for states, schools and universities competing for federal grant money.
The priorities include school choice, science and technology, special education and school safety.
The Education Department awards approximately $4 billion per year in new and continuation competitive grants across some 80 programs, the agency said Thursday. Education secretaries have historically used these competitions to push their priorities.
"It's a little nudge," said Chad Aldeman, an associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners. "This allows the department to nudge the education field toward these priorities."
There are a total of 11 priorities on DeVos' list. After receiving public comments on these proposals, the agency will settle on one or several of them.