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Joint Letter Supporting Priorities for FY25 Biden-Harris Budget Request

Dear Secretary Cardona and Director Tanden:

We appreciate your continued advocacy on behalf of our nation’s marginalized and vulnerable students and support the continued focus on how best to make our education system more equitable and responsive to their needs.

As the Biden-Harris Administration prepares your fiscal year 2025 (FY25) budget proposal, we– the undersigned civil rights, education, and immigration organizations– write to ask you to continue your emphasis on educational equity and needed academic supports in the wake of the pandemic are reflected in the policies and funding levels proposed in this year’s budget.

This budget is an important opportunity to highlight the final year of ARP ESSER III funding and the need for those resources to be equitably marshaled in support of impacted students by administrators and educators. The proposals contained within should be reflective of the reality that there is more work to be done, both for the most acutely affected as they move upward through our educational system, but also more generally in the face of long-standing systemic flaws within our school systems. We are eager to continue working with the Department as they assist states, districts, and schools as they use ESSER III funds to combat the long-term effects of the pandemic and confront the barriers to high-quality education layered within the system.

Additionally, students living in poverty, students with disabilities, students learning English, students experiencing homelessness, students in the foster care system, students who are incarcerated, students who are undocumented, Black and Brown students, Native students, and students who identify as LGBTQ+ are all navigating and working to flourish within our educational system. We renew our call to prioritize them in next year’s budget proposal, with resources targeted to each group, as well as directives to tailor federally funded programs to address students with intersectional needs, such as students with disabilities who are also learning English. While there may be caps proposed on this year’s budget, it is important that our overall commitment to racial, economic, and academic equity does not waiver, and the levels and priorities contained below demonstrate that ongoing commitment.

To that end, we urge you to include the following in the Administration’s FY25 budget proposal:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Programs:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Programs:

McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program:

Higher Education Act (HEA) Programs:

Data, Innovation, and Connectivity Programs:

Career and Technical Education Programs:

Advancements to Funding Equity and Targeting Needs :

Resources for critical Department of Education operations:

We should remain focused on the nationwide efforts to combat the lasting effects of COVID, while also increasing our commitment to vital programs and systemic reforms. We ask that the Biden-Harris Administration’s FY25 budget proposal represent that continued commitment to students, educators, and families by including these impactful policy recommendations in the FY25 budget proposal.


Education Reform Now
Learning Policy Institute
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Urban League
SchoolHouse Connection
Teach Plus
The Education Trust