Obama proposes boost for education funding

February 2, 2015

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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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