Yesterday the U.S. House Appropriations Committee unveiled a massive, $550 billion economic recovery package that includes nearly $100 billion in K-12 spending. The spending plan would double funding for Title I and IDEA programs and provide $14 billion for local school construction.
In a statement, ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter applauded the resources for public education and urged Congress to expedite the passage of a recovery package. Carter said, “We are encouraged to see the federal government make a strong commitment to fully funding IDEA as well as Title I—not only as a short-term stimulus but also as a long-term investment in our human capital that will continue to pay dividends long after this crisis has passed.”
The proposed investments align with the funding requests made by superintendents in response to a recent ASCD member survey, which asked a sample of the education leaders about their school systems’ greatest needs during this fiscal crisis.
The Senate has yet to introduce its economic stimulus plan, but the new administration and Congressional leaders have expressed a strong desire to enact a recovery package by the end of February.
In your school or district, what is the most immediate investment Congress can make in education?