Good News on the President’s Budget Request for FFY 2022
The Administration has sent initial information to Capitol Hill today regarding the President’s budget. Based on this communication, the President is recommending significant increases for IDEA for the year starting October 1st, 2021!
The information available is included below. It is from what is called the “skinny budget”, is high level, and does not include detailed funding recommendations for all specific programs.
It is important to remember, this is just the first step in the process but clearly your advocacy voices are being heard! The Congress and the President have to come to agreement on each programs’ funding levels before October 1st, 2021.
We have a long way to go and your continued advocacy efforts will be critical to achieving increases in IDEA!
DEC will provide additional detail as it becomes available. Stay tuned for Alerts asking for your help and thanks to all for all your work so far!
In the request, a significant increase is included for IDEA, as follows:
"...Boosts Support for Children with Disabilities. To ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to thrive, the discretionary request includes $15.5 billion, a $2.6 billion increase, for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants that would support 4 special education and related services for more than 7.5 million Pre-K through 12 students. This is a significant first step toward fully funding IDEA. The discretionary request also provides $732 million for early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays, funding services that have a proven record of improving academic and developmental outcomes. The $250 million increase would support reforms to expand access to these services for underserved children, including children of color and children from low-income families."
At this point, we have no more detail on specific IDEA requests.