White House releases budget blueprint with nearly $103 billion for education

The request is a $29.8 billion increase over the 2021 budget. Here's a breakdown of what programs the money would fund.
By: | April 9, 2021
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The White House Office of Management and Budget on Friday released its preliminary FY 2022 budget request blueprint, including top-line figures for discretionary spending programs, which includes $102.8 billion overall for the Education Department, an increase of $29.8 billion over the FY 2021 enacted budget.

The request, the first of the Biden administration, provides further insight into the administration’s priorities for education and lays down a marker for negotiations with Congress on FY 2022 spending. The administration will release a more detailed budget request later.

The FY 2022 budget request includes $36.5 billion for Title I, Part A programs, a $20 billion increase over the FY 2021 enacted level of $16.5 billion. “Addressing entrenched disparities in education is both a moral and economic imperative,” according to the budget request. “This investment would provide historically under-resourced schools with the funding needed to deliver a high-quality education to all of their students.”

The request includes $15.5 billion for IDEA Part B, a $2.6 billion increase over FY 2021, which the budget says is a “significant first step toward fully funding the IDEA.” It would provide $732 million for IDEA Part C, $250 million more than appropriated in FY 2021, to “support reforms to expand access to these services for underserved children, including children of color and children from low-income families.”

The budget request also includes a $1 billion fund to increase the number of school counselors, nurses, and mental health professionals in schools. It also would provide a significant increase to the Full-Service Community Schools program, from $30 million in FY 2021 to $443 million in FY 2022, as well as a new $100 million program “to help communities develop and implement strategies that would build more diverse student bodies.”

The Office for Civil Rights would also see an increase from $131 million in FY 2021 to $144 million in FY 2022 “to advance equity in educational opportunity and delivery at Pre-K through 12 schools and at institutions of higher education.”

“The $102.8 billion proposed for the 2022-23 school year provides our K-12 schools with the reliable funding they require to continue serving each student,” said Ronn Nozoe, CEO of the National Association of Secondary School Principals in a statement. “It’s promising to see such significant investments in our nation’s students and schools, particularly with increased funding for Title I, IDEA, and resources to hire school counselors, nurses, and mental health professionals.”

“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.”

“We applaud President Biden for his strong support for education, and his explicit investment in the federal formula programs that are critical for supporting our nation’s neediest students, including a $20 billion increase to Title I and a $2.6 billion increase for IDEA,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “We commend President Biden for investing in these schools, the students they serve, and the futures they support in both this budget and the infrastructure package.”

The following chart compares the FY 2020 enacted level, Trump administration FY 2021 request, FY 2021 enacted level, and Biden administration FY 2022 request for programs included in the Biden administration request.

Chart: Comparison of U.S. Education Department funding levels

Sources: Congressional FY 2020 budget documents, Trump administration FY 2021 budget proposal, Biden administration FY 2022 budget request.

Read the full request below.

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Charles Hendrix covers education funding and other Title I issues for LRP Publications.

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