This afternoon, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved its FY 2012 bill. Although the text of the legislation has not been made public, COE has learned that it includes level-funding for both TRIO and GEAR UP. The bill also level funds the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and maintains the maximum Pell Grant award of $5,550. Meanwhile, the bill infuses nearly $1 billion into initiatives prized by the Obama Administration – Race to the Top ($700 million), Investing in Innovation ($150 million), and Promise Neighborhoods ($60 million – twice the allocation from FY 2011). This bill makes it clear that while certain Administration priorities were protected, others – such as TRIO – were not.