On February 1, 2010, President Barack Obama released his 2011 budget request for the programs operated by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In total, the president's request includes a $3.5 billion increase for 2011 over 2010. According to ED, the budget proposal recommends the consolidation of 38 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs into 11 funding streams and eliminates another six programs deemed "duplicate" or lacking "significant measurable impact."
In total, the ESEA is proposed to receive an increase of $3 billion for FY2011 including $1.35 billion to expand the Race to the Top, authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Seven existing literacy programs are proposed for consolidation into a newly established "Effective Teacher and Learning Literacy" program. Proposed funding for this new comprehensive literacy program is $450 million.
The budget proposes a $250 million increase for Part B State Grants of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In total, the president proposes $12.8 billion for Part B, Section 619, Part C Early Intervention, and Part D National Activities. The additional $250 million would maintain the federal share of funding special education at approximately 17%, 23% below authorized levels of 40%.
ASHA members should be mindful that ARRA/stimulus funding for programs such as ESEA and IDEA would run out at the end of FY2010 with no new commitment of funding. States and school districts will have to calibrate their 2011-12 budgets accordingly.
Congress will review and consider the president's budget request before crafting their own budget proposal later this spring. For questions or additional information, please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA's Director of Federal Advocacy, at 800-498-2071, ext. 5614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.