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Final FY 2022 Federal K-12 Education Budget Disappoints

on March 17, 2022


Last spring, in his first proposed federal budget for the Department of Education, President Biden tried to begin fulfilling campaign promises that defined his commitment to alleviating educational inequity.  He proposed an astounding $443 million investment in full-service, wraparound Community Schools, far above the previous year’s investment of $30 million; $36.5 billion for Title I, the Education Department’s largest program for schools serving concentrations of children in poverty; $15.5 billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; $1 billion to help schools hire counselors, nurses, and mental health professionals; and a new $100 million grant program to support diversity in public schools.

But last Thursday night, in order to prevent a federal government shutdown, Biden signed a federal budget whose whose investments in primary and secondary public education are far below what he had hoped for.

Chalkbeat‘s Matt Barnum reports: “Biden hoped to reshape school funding. A new…

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