In his first 100 days, President Biden has made the single largest investment in students and public education ever. See what else he has accomplished.
We all want our students—Black and white, Native and newcomer, Hispanic and Asian alike—to attend safe and just public schools and higher education campuses that help them pursue their dreams and fulfill their true potential. Due to the activism of educators around the country, in the first 100 days of the Biden administration, we have seen historic investments in students and public schools along with action to make America stronger, safer, and healthier for all. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have improved the lives of our students and families. And the work is just beginning.
Scroll through this timeline to see what this administration is doing for students, educators, and communities across the nation.
December 22, 2020
Biden nominates educator for Secretary of Education
Public school educator and Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona was nominated to lead the Department of Education, soon to be followed by San Diego Superintendent Cindy Marten as the Deputy Secretary. Their experience leading during the pandemic will build safe, equitable learning environments for students in the years to come.
January 14, 2021
Biden urged Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan
Providing $1.9 trillion in relief, Biden hoped to dedicate $170 billion to public education funding, $350 in state and local aid, and $35 billion in emergency funds for colleges.
January 20, 2021
Biden unveils urgent, humane and smart immigration plan
Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden immediately took action to build a course for a fair and functional immigration system that centers on human dignity and community wellbeing. He also sent Congress the “U.S. Citizenship Act, a comprehensive reform bill that provides a path to citizenship for millions, including DACA recipients.
January 20, 2021
Biden signed over 25 Executive Orders to address the pandemic, support students and social justice
Executive Orders included efforts to roll back the Muslim travel ban, extend the suspension of student loan payments, support LGBTQ+ students, and halt construction of the wall on our southern border.
January 21, 2021
On day one, Dr. Biden met with NEA President Becky Pringle and the President pledged to reopen K-8 school buildings by providing funding for resources to do so safely.
With an ambitious goal of reopening K-8 school buildings within 100 days, Biden pledged to sign an Executive Order prioritizing students and working with educators during the decision-making process.
January 22, 2021
Biden restored collective bargaining rights to federal employees
President Biden also issued an executive order which qualifies those in Department of Defense schools represented by the Federal Education Association, an NEA affiliate, for collective bargaining rights.
January 26, 2021
Biden condemned racism and xenophobia
In addition to outlining a Racial Equity plan to support students from families with low incomes, students of color, English-language learners, students with disabilities, and others who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, Biden released a memorandum condemning racism directed toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
February 15, 2021
Biden reopened Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Benefiting educators and 9 million other working Americans who have experienced layoffs or economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden reopened ACA enrollment between Feb. 15 and May 15, 2021.
March 2, 2021
Since vaccines began to receive approval in the US, NEA called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage them to prioritize educators in order to create safe and just schools for every student. By now, nearly half of educators had received at least one shot.
March 7, 2021
On 56th anniversary of Selma, Biden signs voting rights Executive Order
The order directs federal agencies to expand access to voter registration and election information, specifically for historically disenfranchised groups.
March 8, 2021
President Biden signs an Executive Order Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
This Executive Order will allow the Department of Education to update regulations allowing students to be able to learn without fear of harassment based on gender or sexual identification. Biden also applauded the House of Representatives for introducing today the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and urged swift passage of the legislation.
March 9, 2021
Biden spoke in support of workers rights
Saying it would “dramatically enhance the power of workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions,” Biden urged the House to pass the PRO Act.
March 10, 2021
President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package is passed
The American Rescue Plan provides critical funding for public schools, higher education campuses, to bridge the digital divide and millions of jobs, health care, and more. The stimulus cuts child poverty in half and works to put the economic impact of the pandemic behind us.
Click here to see how your state will receive ARP education funding.
March 17, 2021
The Biden Administration invested $10 billion to expand COVID testing in schools
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education’s announcement was a step in making schools the safest place in their communities.
March 18, 2021
The Biden administration eliminated $1 billion in student debt
Rescinding a policy put in place by Betsy DeVos which limited debt relief for students who had been defrauded by their schools, Biden aided 72,000 student loan borrowers.
March 30, 2021
Educators applaud Biden’s historic slate of judicial nominees
Biden announced his plan to nominate the first Muslim-American federal judge in U.S. history, the first Asian-American Pacific Islander woman to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the first woman of color to ever serve as a federal judge for Maryland district.
March 31, 2021
Biden’s job plan will help ensure good-paying jobs by rebuilding health-hazardous schools and continuing to bridge our digital divide.
The historic American Jobs Plan provides vital resources to help our schools to recover safely and equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s proposal calls for $100 billion for K12 school modernization and $12 billion for community college infrastructure.
April 8, 2021
Biden says he will curb gun violence
Focusing on actions such as increasing red flag laws and regulations on ghost guns, Biden responded to mass shootings across the country.
April 9, 2021
Biden announces budget proposal of $20 billion for education
Dedicated to students in under-resourced schools and communities, Biden’s investment in Title I funding is a continued commitment to building a better America for all. He also proposed additional dollars to aid special education, full-service community schools, school counselors, affordable housing and healthcare while extending Pell Grants to DREAMers.
April 20, 2021
Biden calls for passage of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Following the guilty verdict of the police officer who murdered George Floyd last year, Biden called for “real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen.”
April 28, 2021
Biden proposed the American Families Plan
Including free community college and funding for childcare, Biden’s plan is part of his push to reshape the economy in the wake of the pandemic.