Budget Calls for Expanding Education Freedom, Block Granting K-12 Education Funds, and a Separate and Reformed Federal Student Aid
Adds New Funding to Support Children with Disabilities, Career and Technical Education for All Students
WASHINGTON — The President released his budget request for the U.S. Department of Education for the 2021 fiscal year. This transformative, student-first budget prioritizes improving student achievement, reducing the outsized Federal role in education, and returning control over education decisions to whom it belongs—State and local leaders, teachers, parents, and students.
The budget calls for consolidating nearly all existing K-12 formula and competitive grant programs into one block grant to States, called the Elementary and Secondary Education for the Disadvantaged (ESED) Block Grant. Funds would be allocated using the same formulas as the Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies program. The budget also builds on the multi-year Federal Student Aid (FSA) reform project U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos launched in 2018 to improve management, oversight, and administration of student aid programs. To that end, the budget also proposes to answer a question Secretary DeVos asked at last year's FSA training conference: Why isn't FSA a stand-alone government corporation, run by a professional, expert, and apolitical Board of Governors?