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Statement from Deborah Delisle on President Biden’s State of the Union

For Release: March 2, 2022

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,  

“During his State of the Union address, President Biden talked about important issues at every level of education as we enter the third year of the pandemic. We commend him for the proposed $1 billion increase in federal support for P-12 schools to hire more professionals to help address student mental health issues that continue to plague America’s youth. We also are encouraged to hear his call for more community members to step up as volunteers and tutors at schools — support that is important now and into the future as schools grapple with the long-term academic and social-emotional effects of the pandemic on students. He also shared his goal of increasing Pell Grants funding and providing more support for community colleges, which we hope will include funding to expand proven programs including dual enrollment that allow students to earn college credit before they graduate high school. We encourage Congress to take up the President’s education proposals so that all students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, can get what they need to thrive. America’s future depends upon the quality of experiences we provide to America’s youth today.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015. 

All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) is a Washington, DC–based national organization dedicated to advancing policies and practices so all students, especially those from underserved communities and particularly students of color and those from low-income families, graduate from high school prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.