POLICY & ADVOCACY

March 29th, 2022

The President’s Proposed Budget Increases U.S. Department of Education Budget by Over 15 Percent

On March 28th, the Biden-Harris Administration announced their requested budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The proposal requests a historic 15.5 percent increase in funds for the U.S. Department of Education (ED). 

Importantly, the President’s budget request seeks key investments that will increase funding for programs under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and “make a “significant first step toward fully funding IDEA.” Specifically, the budget proposes the following:

  • IDEA Part B Grants to States: $16.26 billion (a roughly $3 billion increase) to support special education services for students ages 3-21
  • IDEA Part B Section 619: $502.6 million (a nearly $100 million increase) to support preschool grants programs 
  • IDEA Part C: $932 million (over double the FY 22 funding) to support early intervention services for infants and toddlers
  • IDEA Part D (National Activities) to support the following: 
    • State Personnel Development: $38.6 million
    • Technical Assistance and Development: an increase to $49.3 million 
    • Personnel Preparation: an increase to $250 million
    • Parent Training and Information Centers: an increase to $45.2 million 
    • Media and Technology: $29.5 million

The President’s budget request also prioritizes funding for critical education programs, including: 

  • An increase in Title I funding to $36.5 billion to serve schools with high proportions of low-income students, including $20.5 billion in discretionary funding and $16 billion in mandatory funding.
  • An increase in Title II funding to support preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers and school leaders, including $2.19 billion for Title II Part A
  • An increase in Title III funding to $1.08 billion to support language instruction for English learners
  • An increase in funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to $161.3 million 

ED also announced a $200 million proposal for a new “Career-Connected High Schools Initiative” that would aim to “increase the integration and alignment of the last two years of high school and the first two years of postsecondary education to improve postsecondary and career outcomes.” NCLD is pleased to see that the Administration is focused on improving the post-high school transition for students.   

Unfortunately, ED decided not to request an increase in funding for the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). NCSER supports high quality and rigorous research on special education and related services and the full range of issues facing children with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, school personnel, and more. Its findings help inform interventions, teaching strategies, and other critical factors in educating children with disabilities which are particularly crucial in this moment. NCSER has not been funded above $60 million annually in over a decade and NCLD strongly supports restoring funding to its FY 2010 funding level of $70 million.

We are pleased that the Biden-Harris Administration is prioritizing the needs of students and in particular those with disabilities by requesting historic increases in federal education programs. Next, Congress will begin the appropriations process to fund the government for the next Fiscal Year, starting Oct. 1, 2022.. We will continue to work with Congress to ensure additional funding is available for high-quality research on educating students with disabilities. Tell your Members of Congress to support funding for programs to support students with disabilities here.

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