President Obama releases 2017 budget request

Source: National School Boards Association (NSBA)

President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress — the eighth and final of his presidency — which includes investments to improve academic achievement, empower students with the computer science skills needed for a 21st century economy, and expand access to high-quality preschool.

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In particular, part of his $4.1 trillion proposal is committed to Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants-or special education funds-to states. NSBA acknowledges the administration’s efforts to sustain and increase investments in these key programs, among others.

The proposed investment in Title I, including the increased amount of $450 million designated for interventions and support for schools in need of improvement, will be helpful to states and school districts as they develop new plans to advance academic achievement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Conversely, the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed investment in IDEA Part B grants does not reflect the amount promised when the law was initially enacted; nor is it commensurate with the needs and  the services that our nation’s school districts provide for the more than 6.5 million students who are educated through the program.

Additionally, NSBA urges Congress to maximize the investment in the Impact Aid Program-which provides essential funding to districts with tax-exempt federal properties within their jurisdictions-including that for federal properties payments. Approximately 1,400 school districts receive critical support through Impact Aid.

The budget request to Congress marks the beginning of the budget and appropriations process each year. Ultimately, the amount of programmatic investments provided reflects the work of the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, and may not correspond with the allocations proposed in the President’s budget.

For more information, read NSBA’s “How Would the Administration’s FY2017 Budget Proposal Impact School Districts”?

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