Education’s Future Intertwined With Federal, State Budgets

Democrats Propose $80 Billion For K-16 Education In Stimulus Package

With the recent release of a proposed $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill by House Democrats, K-16 education is listed as one of the potential benefactors as “Education for the 21st Century”.

Local school districts across the country could receive $41 billion through increased funding to Title I, IDEA, a new School Modernization and Repair Program and an Education Technology Program if the bill becomes law.

An additional $39 billion of the stimulus package would go to “local school districts and public colleges and universities distributed through existing state and federal formulas”. Colleges and universities would benefit from $16 billion to increase Pell grants and $6 billion for “higher education modernization”, according to an outline released yesterday.