The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to allocate $86.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal 2023, an increase of $10.3 billion above the FY 2022 enacted level, according to a statement and bill summary from the committee. The $86.7 billion total for the Education Department is $1.6 billion less than President Joe Biden’s requested budget.
Included in the funding bill for pre-K-12 education is $20.5 billion for Title I grants, $17.8 billion for special education, and $468 million for full-service community schools. The plan is part of a $242.1 billion FY23 appropriations bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies.
“This bill touches people at every stage of their lives, and the massive funding increase will create a society that provides people with the help they so desperately need,” said committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, in a statement.
The funding measure is a long way from passage, as it still needs approval in the full House and the Senate. FY 2023 begins Oct. 1.