White House Publishes Fact Sheet on the Administration’s Education Equity Priorities
Earlier this month, the White House released a statement reviewing all of the Administration’s efforts to advance educational equity. In the fact sheet, the Administration identifies three key goals for the 2021-2022 school year:
- Helping schools safely open for full-time, in-person instruction
- Accelerating academic achievement
- Building school communities where all students feel they belong
Among a variety of topics—including broadband access, school infrastructure, and student wellbeing—President Biden’s "Build Back Better Agenda" provides numerous supports to students with disabilities. The fact sheet notes that Biden proposals include children with disabilities in accessible preschool programs with their peers and provides funding to childcare providers so they can support the true cost of care for children with disabilities.
The fact sheet also notes a proposed historic $2.6 billion investment in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants for pre-K-12 grade students through the President’s budget. By increasing the federal share of the cost of IDEA, the Biden-Harris administration seeks to fully fund IDEA within 10 years.