In The News: Biden Pitches 41 Percent Spending Increase for Education Next Year on Top of COVID-19 Aid
President Biden unveiled a $1.5 trillion wish list for the federal budget with over $102 billion in aid for the education department. While specifics are still up in the air, here’s a breakdown of the proposal that would invest into essential resources for children and young people.
President Joe Biden is proposing major spending increases for the U.S. Department of Education in the next fiscal year—including major boosts for disadvantaged students, special education, and wraparound services at community schools—and said the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on students and educators has made additional funding more urgent.
An overview of the president’s fiscal 2022 spending proposal that the Biden administration released Friday includes $102.8 billion in discretionary aid for the Education Department. That’s an increase of nearly $30 billion, or approximately 41 percent, from the agency’s current discretionary budget of about $73 billion that lawmakers approved late last year.
Congress often ignores presidents’ annual spending requests, including high-profile proposals and major increases or decreases in spending on established programs. However, Biden might find a somewhat friendlier audience for his ideas in this Congress, which Democrats control, than other presidents.
Biden wants the following notable increases at the Education Department and elsewhere…