Federal Flash: Biden’s American Families Plan—Four Additional Years of Free Public Education

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April 30, 2021 10:41 am

Marking his first 100 days in office, President Biden unveiled the American Families Plan, which would extend free public education by four years through universal pre-K and free community college. It also invests in college access and affordability, training and diversifying the educator workforce, and school nutrition programs. Plus, all the details on the new application and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education to support states in spending funds under the American Rescue Plan equitably, including millions to support youth experiencing homelessness.

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coronavirus, Federal Education Budget, Federal Flash, Higher Education, Pell Grants, Teachers and School Leaders

Federal Flash: Biden’s Budget—A Generational Investment in Students, Schools, and Families

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April 15, 2021 11:09 am

President Biden released a preview of his proposed federal budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which includes $20 billion in new funding for Title I, $2.6 billion to support students with disabilities, and another $1 billion in new funding for students’ social and emotional wellbeing. It also increases Pell Grants and expands Pell eligibility to DACA recipients. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education made another round of waiver decisions related to state assessments, published guidance for educators and administrators in its second COVID-19 handbook, and opened a review of Title IX regulations finalized by the Trump administration.

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Assessments, Federal Education Budget, Federal Flash

Federal Flash: Biden’s American Jobs Plan—Billions for School Buildings and Broadband

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April 07, 2021 10:46 am

President Biden released his American Jobs Plan, which includes investments in school construction and modernization, childcare facilities, community colleges, and broadband infrastructure. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education issued a first batch of waiver decisions to states related to statewide testing requirements, and the House of Representatives held a hearing on charting a path toward equity in education following the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, graduation rates reach an all-time high nationally, with the greatest gains among students with disabilities. But will the pandemic wipe out states’ progress?

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Assessments, Federal Flash, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement