The US government has a clear vision to help solve the many problems that the country is facing. President Joe Biden unveiled his first budget proposal on Friday in hope of successfully achieving this vision. The $1.5 trillion budget would result in more than double the funding for the federal K-12 programme. Furthermore, this programme supports public school districts that serve students from low-income backgrounds.
Advancing one of Biden’s primary policy agendas, approximately $129 billion will go directly to K-12 education. Title I focuses on providing financial assistance to students from low-income families. These students will receive an increase in funding from $17 billion to $36.5 billion. According to Shalanda Young, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, “this discretionary request also makes a historic investment in the Title I grant program, which would help school districts deliver high-quality education to students from low-income families”. Therefore, the main goal of this relief package is to assist the return of students into classrooms and address lost learning. Furthermore, districts have a long timeline until 2024 to spend the money. This implies how important the investment is to help students recover from the past academic year.
However, administration believes that $129 billion may not be enough to cover the full costs required to reopen schools. A report by Education Resource Strategies also believes that districts would need to recover eight months of learning by adding approximately two months of additional instruction yearly for the next five years. “In our most affected communities, it’s going to take an investment of new resources over several years and a strategic reorganization of people, time and money to tackle inequities and unsustainable underlying cost structures”, according to Johnathan Travers, a co-author of the report.
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