Biden details spending in $103B education budget plan
Proposal includes a new $1.6 billion program to support in-demand credentials for teachers
June 2, 2021
The Biden administration released details of its nearly $6 trillion FY 2022 budget request on Friday, including more specifics of the proposal to spend nearly $103 billion in education-related programs in the next fiscal year.
While presidential budget requests do not generally become law, they provide a sense of the spending priorities for the administration and lay down a marker for negotiations with Congress on final annual appropriations figures. Legislators have until midnight on Sept. 30 to finish work on FY 2022 appropriations bills or pass a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1. The House and Senate have yet to unveil their FY 2022 appropriations bills.
The Biden administration's FY 2022 education budget request includes nearly flat-funding of $16.5 billion for existing Title I, Part A funding streams, with a proposed $20 billion Title I "equity grants" initiative intended to "help address long-standing funding disparities between under-resourced school districts and their wealthier counterparts" through support for "ensure teachers at Title I schools are paid competitively, ensure equitable access to rigorous curriculum, expand access to pre-kindergarten and provide meaningful incentives to examine and address inequalities in school funding systems."