What's in President Obama's 2016 Budget for Education?

What's in President Obama's 2016 Budget for Education?

By Tony Wan     Feb 2, 2015

What's in President Obama's 2016 Budget for Education?

By presidential standards, the Obamas are early pioneers when it comes to trying new technologies to communicate with their fellow Americans, whether it's answering questions on Reddit or dancing with a turnip on Vine.

When it comes to sharing more serious matters, like the 2016 budget, the administration is turning to a new "Medium," taking advantage of the publishing platform's legible typography and reading time estimates for a much more user-friendly experience.

Here's what's on his wish list for education. For 2016, the government plans to set aside $70.7 billion for Department of Education programs serving preK all the way through to college and workforce development. The figure, if passed, will be an increase of $3.6 billion from the 2015 enacted budget. Here's what some of the increased funding will provide:

  • A big boost to programs serving the smallest students: grant funding to support President Obama's "Preschool for All" proposal will triple from $250 million to $750 million;
  • $1 billion increase for Title I programs;
  • $3 billion for teacher preparation and training, which includes a $200 million for an "Education Technology State Grants" program;
  • A new, $125 million competitive grant to "promote the redesign of America’s high schools by integrating deeper learning and student-centered instruction, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-themed high schools that expand opportunities for girls and other groups underrepresented in STEM fields";
  • Boosting funds for the "Investing in Innovation" (i3) program from $120 million to $300 million;
  • Supporting states that waive tuition fees for community college students as part of Obama's ambitious free community college plan. (No budget was set but the cost has been estimated at $60 billion over 10 years.)
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