On Friday, President Biden released a blueprint for next year’s budget that calls on Congress to increase U.S. Department of Education funding by more than 40 percent. Title I funding for high-poverty schools would rise by $20 billion—the biggest year-over-year increase since the program’s inception in 1965—and the annual Pell Grant maximum by $400 with access expanded to Dreamers. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) would also receive significant increases. The upcoming budget is also expected to propose historic increases to Full-Service Community Schools, a significant boost for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding, and a large investment in school counselors.
“President Joe Biden and his administration are making good on the promise to lift our most vulnerable families out of poverty with a budget that truly prioritizes students. The historic investment in Title I funding is a continued commitment to building a better America for all,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “We also commend President Biden and his administration for proposing significant investments in special education, full-service community schools, school counselors, affordable housing and healthcare while extending Pell Grants to Dreamers.”