On Monday, the President released his budget for FY 2016 that includes key investments to expand high quality early learning programs, increase equity and opportunity for all students, support teachers, and improve access, affordability and student outcomes in College. The budget request is $70.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Education Department, a 5.4% increase over FY 2015.
Specifically, some highlights of the budget request, appreciated by CEC, would increase key programs for children with disabilities and gifts and talents:
- IDEA Part B +175 million
- IDEA Section 619 +50 million
- IDEA Part C +65 million
- Jacob Javits Act +9.7 million
Investments in IDEA 619 and Part C will go a long way to assist with the implementation of these programs. While the $175 million investment is appreciated, CEC will continue its advocacy for a greater investment to meet the 40% promise.
Unfortunately, this budget neglects key programs that are vital to the implementation of high-quality early intervention special education services. To identify effective interventions, we must invest in special education research. To have a world-class professional workforce, we must invest in professional development and growing the special education profession. To ensure that parents understand their special education rights, we must invest in centers that focus on engagement and outreach. Both the IDEA Part D Programs and the NCSER Center were level funded in the request.
States, school districts, and early intervention programs across the country are under significant financial strain. CEC and its members will continue to advocate for increased investments as the FY 2016 budget process gets underway.
To see a full summary of the President’s Budget Proposal, click here.