The mission of the U.S. Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies, the department's 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds; collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research; focusing national attention on key educational issues; and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.
The Second Chance Pell experiment seeks to creating more education opportunities for incarcerated students to offer them a second chance upon their re-entry to society, helping to reduce rates of recidivism. Recent expansion of the grants more than doubles the size of the experiment, allowing incarcerated students to use Federal Pell Grants at 130 schools located in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Expanded and codified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), IET is a service approach that provides adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster for the purpose of educational and career advancement. WIOA provides assurance and incentives for adult education, workforce development, and postsecondary education partners, including those in correctional settings, to design and implement IET programs as a key strategy in career pathways.
Juvenile Justice Reentry Education Program: Opening Doors to College and Careers through Career and Technical Education (JJ-REP)
Through the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), JJ-REP is an innovative program that provides career and technical education (CTE) programs in juvenile justice facilities, along with comprehensive post-release CTE and training, as well as reentry services to support positive outcomes for youth and young adults.
The NACTEP, administered by the Department's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) provides grants to federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities and eligible Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools to improve career and technical education programs that are consistent with the purposes of the Perkins Act and that benefit Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
Additional reentry and justice-related funding from the Department of Education can be found in Grants.gov.