Legislative Affairs

POTUS FY22 Budget Request

  • 1.  POTUS FY22 Budget Request

    Posted 04-09-2021 12:12
    Edited by ASBO USA 04-12-2021 10:53

    This morning, President Biden released his fiscal year 2022 (FY22) budget request to Congress for consideration as lawmakers work on federal appropriations (spending) bills later this year. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/FY2022-Discretionary-Request.pdf

    While education-related priorities are referenced throughout the document, details for Department of Education (ED) programs can be found on page 7 of the budget request summary (which is page 24 of the full PDF). Specifically, the POTUS request asks for:

    • $102.8 billion in ED funding - a $29.8 billion increase over the FY2021 enacted level.
      • Title I = $36.5 billion (+$20 billion or an 41% increase compared to FY21; more than doubles funding for this program).
      • $1 billion to increase the number of counselors, nurses, and mental health professionals in schools.
      • IDEA/special education funding:
        • IDEA Part B = $15.5 billion (+$2.6 billion or +20%)
        • IDEA Part C = $732 million (+$250 million or +52%)
      • Full Service Community Schools = $443 million (+$30 million or +1,377%)
      • $100 million for a new grant program to foster diverse schools and help communities develop and implement strategies that would build more diverse student bodies.
      • ED Office for Civil Rights (OCR) = $144 million (+$13 million or +10%)

    • Other programs of interest:
      • Child Care and Development Block Grant = $7.4 billion (+$1.5 billion or +25%)
      • Head Start = $11.9 billion (+$1.2 billion)
      • Preschool Development Grants = $450 million (+$175 million or +64%)
      • Water infrastructure improvement for community water systems, schools, and households = $3.6 billion (+$625 million)
      • Community Development Block Grants = $3.8 billion (+$295 million)
      • USDA Reconnect Rural e-Connectivity Program (provides a down payment for grants and loans to deploy broadband to unserved areas, prioritizing
        tribal lands) = +$65 million from the FY21 funding level.
      • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) = $6.7 billion (+$1 billion)
      • Provides $4 billion (+$600 million) for "a range of" Department of Interior (DOI) "tribal programs, including for teachers and students in tribal
        schools, clean energy development, and tribal law enforcement and court programs to improve safety."
      • Provides $250 million for grants for transit agencies to purchase low- and no-emission buses to accelerate the transition of public transit bus fleets from diesel and gasoline to clean energy alternatives.
      • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state grants = $3.7 billion (+$203 million or +65)
      • Depart of Labor apprenticeship programs = $285 million (+$100 million)

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  • 2.  RE: POTUS FY22 Budget Request

    Posted 04-12-2021 10:56

    Please find more information about President Biden's FY22 Budget Request, released on Friday, from the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) below:

    • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 3-Page Summary of the FY22 Budget Request

    • CEF Chart #1 (Attached to this post) - "President Requests Record Increase in Regular Education Funding for FY22" which shows how much discretionary funding each administration has requested for Department of Education (ED) programs, going back to 1981, to demonstrate how huge of an investment this would be for ED programs. Note, it doesn't show emergency funding levels (so it excludes ARRA funding from the 2008 financial crisis, and excludes CARES, CRSSA, and ARP funding from the COVID-19 financial crisis), it just shows requests for typical discretionary funding for each president's budget request for that federal fiscal year. CEF notes Biden's request is unlike any other, and is more than three times the education funding increase ever requested by any President.

    • CEF Chart #2 (Attached to this post) - "President's Record Increase for FY 2022 Would Finally Raise Education Above the 2011 Level in Inflation-Adjusted Terms" which shows how much funding ED programs received for fiscal years 2011-2021, and would receive under Biden's request in FY22 (all shown in FY 2011 dollars). CEF notes that Biden's request would put FY 2022 funding about $20 billion above the level of education funding where it was a decade ago in real dollars, allowing for meaningful investments rather than just struggling to cover costs.


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  • 3.  RE: POTUS FY22 Budget Request

    Posted 17 days ago
    Late last week, the Biden Administration released the full version of the president's FY2022 budget, which expands upon a budget proposal "outline" released in April (as referenced earlier in this discussion thread).

    For a summary of what's included in the FY22 budget for K-12 education, please read ASBO's new legislative blog here.

    School business officials who are seeking more information on education-related provisions in the FY22 budget may find these resources from the Department of Education and these ED funding tables from the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) helpful. Please note that while the president's FY22 budget request does not dictate final funding levels for federal education and other programs, it does set the bar for Congressional negotiations on federal spending. When a final FY22 appropriations package is passed, the funding levels in that legislation will determine federal funding to school districts during the 2022-2023 school year.


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