Biden’s American Families Plan: Four Additional Years of Free Public Education
Before a joint address to Congress, President Biden announced the American Families Plan, an ambitious plan to build an education system for the 21st century, with a foundation of 16, rather than just 12, years of free public education. The plan includes $200 billion for high-quality universal pre-K for all three-and four-year–olds and $109 billion for free community college for all Americans, including DREAMers. The plan also provides new funding to increase college access and affordability and invests in preparing and diversifying the teacher workforce, as well as expanding school nutrition programs. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education published a state plan template for the remaining emergency funds for school districts under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), released millions in ARP funds to states to support students experiencing homelessness, and published guidance on ARP’s maintenance of effort requirement, as well as instructions for the 2020–21 Civil Rights Data Collection.