The Title IV-A Coalition held a briefing on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in late September.

Did you know that every district in all 50 states will receive funds for the Title IV-A flexible block grant program, which was funded at $1.1 billion in FY 2018 and supports safe and healthy schools, well-rounded programs, and the effective use of technology? The briefing explained how districts are using these funds across the country to help create a safe and well-rounded school climate.

At the briefing, education experts and district leaders discussed how program funds can be used for mental health services, violence prevention programs, STEM, physical education, music and arts education, advanced placement courses, computer science, and professional development for technology and blended learning programs.

Guest Speakers

David Deschryver, Director, Whiteboard Advisors
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., Superintendent, Alexandria City Public Schools
Jeff Meisenheimer, Principal, Lee’s Summit North High School
Christina Connolly, Director Psychological Services, Montgomery Country Public Schools

The Title IV-A Coalition is an alliance comprised of more than 30 national organizations working together to advocate for maximum funding and successful implementation of the flexible block grant, which is authorized at $1.6 billion for FY 2019 under Title IV, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The block grant, known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, is designed to ensure that high needs districts have access to programs that foster safe and healthy students, provide students with a well-rounded education, and increase the effective use of technology in our nation’s schools. The Coalition believes that if fully funded and administered the way Congress intended under ESSA, the SSAE grant program has the potential to adequately support school districts in their central mission of providing our students with the skills, resources, and support they need to succeed. #MoreTitleIVA