Obama proposes boost for education funding

February 2, 2015

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for next year calls for funding increases for education, with early childhood programs, teacher development and training initiatives, and a push for free community college tuition among the highlights.

The president is asking for $71 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education – a 5.4 percent increase over current funding, according to budget information released Monday. The package was part of Obama’s overall $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016.

Among the highlights:

Additional information on the budget proposal is available from the White House here. Read Education Week’s analysis here.

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