On March 23, the Department of Education announced that court reporting schools would be eligible for up to $1.2 million in funding from the Training for Realtime Writers grants. The Department of Education has made a maximum of $1.2 million available to 4 schools with grants averaging $200,000 to $300,000 each. These grants are designed to assist court reporting and captioning programs with recruiting and training more realtime writers to meet the increasing demands for captioned television mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the court reporters profession will grow up to 14 percent over the next 10 years and these grants will help schools recruit and train broadcast captioners, CART providers, and court reporters to fill the open positions in the field. NCRA spent nearly 10 years lobbying for the Training for Realtime Writers Act before finally having that language passed into law in 2009 as part of the Higher Education Act. Over that time, NCRA’s Government Relations Department helped court reporting schools nationwide secure over $14 million through 32 Congressional earmarks. Any eligible school can apply for the Department of Education grants by visiting the federal government’s grants homepage. Last year, three court reporting schools secured nearly $1 million from the Training for Realtime Writers grants.