President Biden’s Budget Proposal Makes Historic Investment in IDEA
Today, the White House released the framework for President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal. Within the proposal is a historic $2.6 billion increase for Part B (pre-K through grade 12) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), putting the program on the glidepath to full funding. This historic proposal responds to the special education community’s longstanding request to fulfill Congress’s promise to fully fund IDEA—an effort that CEC has been a leader in for decades. The budget proposal also includes a $250 million increase for IDEA Part C (infants and toddlers).
“I applaud the Administration for putting forward a budget proposal that prioritizes students with disabilities and the special educator workforce,” remarked CEC President Dr. Dennis Cavitt. “IDEA has been chronically underfunded for decades, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded the need for a stronger investment. This is a critical first step in reaching IDEA full funding. I look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to see this proposal through.”
Over the coming months, Congress will examine the President’s budget request, hear from stakeholders, and draft spending for Fiscal Year 2022. CEC encourages its members to be prepared for opportunities to engage in this process through action alerts.