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Biden budget calls for historic hikes in education funding

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.

53 responses to “Biden budget calls for historic hikes in education funding

  1. Our Children are the future of this great Country! We must invest in their mental, academic, and physical well being. They will be taking care of us one way or another.
    Teachers need to finally be recognized and paid what we are worth.
    Student debt should be cancelled, especially for those of us that have worked 20+ years in tile one schools. We have paid our debt teaching because we believe in our profession and passion has driven us through out all these years of unfair and unequal pay. Education is a huge factor in our countries road to success. We here in the trenches need assistance to prepare our children for a brighter future for all of us, NOT JUST THE 1%.

  2. Our schools are old and in disrepair due to funding cuts. This sends our children the message that they and their voices are not valued. It doesn’t prepare them for the expectations of the business world. Instead of importing workers from countries that invest in their students, we should be investing in America’s youth. They are so worth it!

  3. An educated society that believes in modern medicine and science is needed to combat the epidemic and the false propaganda promoted by Fox. The dumbing down of America has left many people vulnerable to superstition and charlatans who promote racial division and seek to overthrow Democracy.

  4. Maybe the day has finally come when education will be funded at 100 percent each and every year. The 40 percent increase is the bridge needed to catch up for 30 years of partially funding by the government. I am so hopeful that this is the start of providing our children with the best education that we can give them!!!!

  5. Yes, I agree that student loans be forgiven. I work for Head Start Program which serves low income, at risk families and children. I have $16,700 student loan balance. President Biden we are waiting for you to forgive our student loans.

  6. Include sex education in the education budget. Too many young people are at risk because they have been misinformed.

  7. Unless we want our students to fall far behind we must invest in buildings, books, technology, science and programs. We need to stop spending on testing and start developing and expanding good programs. We must pay our teachers. We need to provide better special programs for handicapped and provide free prekindergarten programs. Our counciling programs must be expanded so we can reach problem children before it is too late.

  8. We are at the frontline in protecting children in schools across America,fron Draconian cats, via gerrymandering. We must unite & fight for Ameria’s future leaders.

    1. Because our children and young people deserve a quality education that competes with countries like Finland, because in the future we will have our young people studying in our universities and therefore have the best opportunities. Because an educated population is very important !!!!

  9. Reduce budget on arms, ammunitions to support fanaticism, autocracy, the war against innocent people fighting for self-existence, killing political and ideological opponents in the country and abroad. Increase budget on education to build a nation of humane in the country and abroad.

  10. I have been in the Arizona Public School System for over 23 years. I teach middle school English, and after 10 years of college including a graduate degree I make barely enough money to live in a small nondescript apartment.
    We are not able to keep up with the cost of living; when we get a raise it is so insignificant that it doesn’t make. a difference.
    After teaching during the pandemic, which was incredibly difficult and stressful, our administrators, bus drivers, and classified staff are getting a raise. What about the teachers?
    We get paid horribly, particularly in Southern Arizona, and though people always sympathize about our plight, no one raises a hand to help us.
    As the cost of living increases and teachers are unable to keep up with it, the quality of incoming teachers is going to decrease as well as the number of applicants.
    Every year we have more and more teaching jobs opening up in our school because people can’t “afford” to teach.
    If you value your child’s education, then pay the teachers fairly so that the quality of educator is not diminished.
    Other countries pay teachers as professionals. Why doesn’t the U.S.?
    This is nothing new; historically teachers have not been well paid, but this is ridiculous.

  11. Trying to encourage our 2 Republican senators from KY is an exercise in futility. It is like a snowball’s chance in hell that they would listen…..

  12. Our teachers deserve BIG pay raises! Every year we are dedicated to help our students grow academically and emotionally to the best of their abilities. This school year teachers have worked in the most stressful conditions in our life times and it has been extremely difficult. Please do your part in standing up for teachers, students, and school staff by supporting more educational funding.

  13. The gerrymandered Wisconsin legislature continues their “cut, cut, cut” approach to public education and their unlimited support for private school welfare, I mean “vouchers.” Until we get fair redistricting in this state, public education here needs all of the support we can get, from pre-K to University level.

      1. As an educator for the past 28 years, it is imperative to increase teachers pay. We are the backbone of society. Without us, there would be no forward in life with careers and jobs!

        Teachers work hard educating all walks of life. I’m elated society got an opportunity to observe what we encounter! I say pay the teachers!

      2. Because our children and young people deserve a quality education that competes with countries like Finland, because in the future we will have our young people studying in our universities and therefore have the best opportunities. Because an educated population is very important !!!!

  14. We re 4th in first world education. Almost everyone in first world countries have free higher education and high school grads are invited to attend. Money is the death of us all.
    We are the richest country in the world and one of the most ignorant.

  15. It’s not the programs, Mr President, that teach, it’s the teachers. Without teachers you have no programs.
    Let’s have a historical salary increase for those teachers who have put commitment into teaching. I have taught i an elementary school for 30 years. Our school budget has not allowed our school salary scale to go past BA +24 hours for 10 years now. I get a step maybe of $100, each year as my raise. Now let’s talk about my continuing comment to my school and students. I am not the only teacher who fell into this no more increase in salary for 10 plus years. Poverty, small, rural schools need help to restructure the salary scale. The schools and state keep increasing new teacher salary hoping to attract new teachers, however most move on or quit. However, us committed teachers stay and put our hearts into teaching because that was our dream to teach children and we get a thank you for your hard work each year. Where is the backbone in education? The teachers who committed their lives to teaching in poverty, small, rural schools because WE CARE and hope to make a difference!!! Help us so can continue to help students!!
    Our school budget once again only allows teachers $125, each year to buy supplies for our school year. The rest of our supplies come out of our pocket with our $100 a year increase for the 10 plus years.
    Without teachers you have no education! Mr President, historically say thank you to the teachers who have stayed and are committed to teaching by increasing our salary.
    Tell us by our salary how much we are appreciated!
    Our nation saw during Covid 19, how much we need face to face teaching to educate our children!! Re think your funding proposal and include salary increase for those teachers who have been committed! Step in and look at school salaries of provery, small, rural schools! We are mostly in provery ourselves!!!!

    1. We need to remember that there are more that work in schools than just teachers. All of these individuals impact the education received from the secretaries, custodians, nurses, paraprofessionals and cafeteria staff; all of these individuals deserve a pay increase.

  16. Most important is we need to increase the teacher pay so good highly educated people want to choose teaching, right now most of the people go to teaching those who can’t get in other fields

  17. We need forgiveness programs for every education teacher, especially those that have worked in Title 1 schools for many years. The reason we have these loans is because we wanted to keep our minds learning to expand the minds of our students to advance them to higher learning opportunities in life!

    1. You took out loans to finance a way to a career just like many other U.S. Citizens wanting a career path. The Education field is a noble career just like Engineering (Electrical/Civil/Computor). They all have to repay their loans. Most Educators feel as I do and will repay their loans as agreed when they signed the loan papers.

      1. The US is the only advanced nation that burdens its young people with education debt. In other nations education is free, ie, paid for by taxpayers, through college and sometimes grad school. We should do the same.

      2. Because our children and young people deserve a quality education that competes with countries like Finland, because in the future we will have our young people studying in our universities and therefore have the best opportunities. Because an educated population is very important !!!!

  18. We need equal opportunity for all Americans. All of those to benefit by hikes in education funding in Biden budget are Americans.

  19. We need major funding for special education this barely gets any funding often goes ignored and it is very much needed the kids with special needs deserve a high quality education like everybody else! Schools need equipment supplies and other things to help support these children

    1. Special education was mandated by the federal government years ago, but not funded with federal funds. That leaves states and localities scrambling for funds while the more robust sources of revenue are at the federal level. This weakens services for special education students and burdens teachers with inadequate resources to do their jobs. The U S government needs a major attitude change on this one.
      David

    2. Because our children and young people deserve a quality education that competes with countries like Finland, because in the future we will have our young people studying in our universities and therefore have the best opportunities. Because an educated population is very important !!!!

  20. Education has always been essential to better paying jobs, higher self esteem, the way out of poverty, and an informed electorate. Where schools are underfunded and higher education is cost prohibitive, not only children, but all of society suffers.

    1. I agree completely. I was raised in the 50-60’s in an inner city in New Jersey. I was a minority in a predominately black/hispanic school system. I experienced an outstanding education where equality and equal opportunity were modeled. I went on to become a YMCA leader and then a Registered Nurse. I brought these principles I had learned to the larger society working with Veterans for 35 years. I won a full scholarship to college and my daughter graduated Summa Cum Laude from a public University in Arizona. She also received a full scholarship to study fine art and social justice. Invest, invest in education, the great equalizer.

  21. We don’t send our military into battle without proper training and equipment. We must do the same for for our citizenry. We want a self-reliant society as much as possible.

  22. Let’s put money into education to bring up our country in this very competitive world. Education has always been the key to success

      1. Because our children and young people deserve a quality education that competes with countries like Finland, because in the future we will have our young people studying in our universities and therefore have the best opportunities. Because an educated population is very important !!!!

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