Were it up to President Barack Obama, the U.S. would spend a lot more on education in 2015.
The president’s proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls for $68.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, about $1.3 billion more than last fiscal year, according to a summary in Education Week. Expanding publicly funded preschool, enhancing education technology and continuing the administration’s signature Race to the Top competitive grant program top the list of educational priorities.
Funding for Title I grants to schools serving low-income students and for state grants for special education would remain at last year’s spending levels. Grants for improving teacher quality would shrink from $2.4 billion to $2 billion, while a smaller fund for offering incentive pay to teachers would grow from $288 million to $320 million.
The proposed budget also outlines some new initiatives. The administration is seeking $7 billion over 10 years to reward colleges that bolster graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients. And, as he did in 2014, Obama is asking Congress for $75 billion over 10 years to increase care and education services for children under 5.
A complete report on education funding under Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget proposal for 2015 can be found in a summary provided by the White House.