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Obama signs ‘Safe Schools’ bill with GOP

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The president signed a $1.2 trillion education package into law Friday that provides funding for schools and higher education to offer more inclusive programs, like mentoring and career counseling.

The measure also directs the Education Department to help localities implement such programs.

It is the first big piece of legislation the Trump administration has signed since taking office.

The Education Department said the bill will ensure that students have access to quality education, including through mentoring, career counseling, and special education programs.

The legislation also gives states flexibility to use public funds for specific programs to better address students’ needs.

“It is important to note that this bill does not authorize any additional federal spending to support state education programs,” the department said in a statement.

It’s the first time a major piece of the Trump agenda has been signed into law.

It comes as the White House pushes for the creation of a federal school-choice program, which the president has called “disastrous” and has vowed to repeal.

He has also called for a ban on student loan interest rates and has said he would support the creation, if necessary, of a public-private partnership to fund schools.

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