On Thursday President Biden submitted a budget proposal to Congress. The proposal would include an increase of 13.6 percent to spending at the U.S. Department of Education, for a total of $90 billion.
Among the priorities outlined in the document are a grant program that would “lay the groundwork” for free community college nationwide through two-year scholarships and a $500 million demonstration grant to expand free preschool to children in Title-I eligible school attendance areas. The proposal would also provide $15 billion over 10 years to support expansion of the Community Eligibility Program, an increase to the maximum Pell grant by $820, and a 27% increase in the operation budget of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education -- a request that drew criticism from top Senate education Committee Republican Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who suggested funds would be used “to promote biological males competing in female sports." And the administration has renewed its ask for $200 million for a Career Connected High Schools dual-enrollment initiative.
But changes in funding are not always spread equally throughout programs or even within Titles – for example, National leadership activities under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) would see their funding double under this program, while State grants would stay stagnant.
In a nod to Republicans in Congress who have called for reducing the rate of spending, the proposal also suggests $3 billion in deficit reduction.
Additional proposed funding levels are outlined in the table below (note that amounts proposed are in thousands of dollars.
|Program||FY 2023 Final||FY 2024 President’s proposal||Percent change v. FY 2022|
|IDEA Part B||$14,194||$16,259||14.55%|
|CTE State Grants||$1,430||$1,473||3.04%|