Show me your budget, the saying goes, and I’ll show you your priorities. If that adage is true, then President Joe Biden’s first budget request for the U.S. Department of Education signals a significant departure from the education policy priorities of previous presidential administrations.
Biden’s first budget submission is much more progressive than what Obama offered, calling for more than doubling Title I from its current $16.5 billion to $36.5 billion, as Chalkbeat reported. Other notable proposals from Biden include: more money for early childhood education; an approximately 20 percent boost of $2.6 billion for educating students with disabilities; and $1 billion to help schools hire more counselors, nurses, and mental health professionals.
Biden also signaled his administration may be radically changing the federal government’s approach to improving academic outcomes in schools by tucking into his proposals a major increase in funding for supporting and expanding the Department of Education’s Full-Service Community Schools Program.