What is the Title IV-A block grant?

The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program under Title IV, Part A, which is authorized at $1.6 billion in FY 2018. Title IV, Part A authorizes activities in three broad areas:

  • Providing students with a well-rounded education (e.g., college and career counseling, STEM, music and arts, civics, IB/AP, computer science)
  • Supporting safe and healthy students (e.g., comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, health and physical education) and
  • Supporting the effective use of technology (e.g., professional development, blended and personalized learning, and devices).