President Biden’s budget proposal for next year, released May 28, increases funding for the U.S. Department of Education by more than 40 percent—in percentage terms, the biggest increase for any federal agency. The proposal underscores his administration’s continuing commitment to students and educators, the backbone of our nation’s human infrastructure.
Title I funding for high-poverty schools would more than double, rising by $20 billion—the biggest year-over-year increase since the program’s inception in 1965. The annual Pell Grant maximum would rise significantly, with access expanded to Dreamers. Funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) would rise by $600 million. The president’s budget proposal also includes historic increases for community schools, a $3.1 billion boost in funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and a $1 billion investment in school counselors.
Email your senators and representative and urge them to support President Biden’s call for historic investments in public education.