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Legislative Update

Biden Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

By Ralph Forsht, Manager, Advocacy & Legislative Affairs

Posted on 2023-03-21

Biden Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2024 Budget


Biden Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

Earlier this month, the Biden Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget. The new budget included many funding increases for various programs that impact public education. The president’s budget serves as the starting point for the FY 2024 appropriations process. Congress is currently holding hearings to examine the details of proposals within the president’s budget. This spring and summer, additional hearings and meetings will be held. By mid-summer, Congress will begin to draft and consider the FY 2024 appropriations bills. 

Key federal programs with proposed funding levels for FY 2024

  • Overall, the FY 2024 budget requests $90.0 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education (ED), a $10.8 billion or 13.6% increase from the FY 2023–enacted level;
  • $20.5 billion for Title I, a $2.2 billion increase from the FY 2023–enacted level;
  • $2.1 billion more than FY 2023–enacted levels for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grants to states and preschool programs to support special education and seven related services, with a total request of $16.8 billion;
  • $1.47 billion for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Grants program, an increase of $43 million from the FY 2023–enacted level. This includes $200 million for a Career-Connected High Schools Initiative; 
  • $2.19 billion for Title II Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants (Flat in FY 23);
  • $1.329 billion for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (Flat in FY23);
  • $500 million for a new Preschool Incentive Demonstration Program;
  • $200 million investment focused on the Career-Connected High Schools Initiative;
  • $100 million for a grant program to support voluntary efforts by communities interested in developing and implementing strategies to promote diversity in their schools and classrooms;
  • $405 million for the Education Innovation and Research program (and increase of $121 million);     
  • $368 million for Full-Service Community Schools, more than double the FY 2023– enacted level;
  • $1.2 billion for Title III in the Every Student Succeeds Act, an increase of $305 million from the FY 2023–enacted level; and
  • $1.405 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program (the main STEM account at ED), an increase of $25 million from FY 2023.

NSTA will advocate for additional resources and public policies that benefit science literacy throughout the FY 2024 appropriations season. NSTA will share relevant legislative and policy updates as they develop and are considered by Congress. Stay tuned for more updates in future issues of NSTA Reports.

The mission of NSTA is to transform science education to benefit all through professional learning, partnerships, and advocacy.

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