Blog: The Educated Reporter

Education Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014

The president has unveiled his budget for the 2014 fiscal year, proposing several expansive education spending initiatives, like $77 billion in new early education spending over 10 years and a billion-dollar competitive grant program for the nation’s colleges. 

In all, the budget calls for $71.2 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education, a 4.6 percent increase–or $3.1 billion above what was enacted in 2012. 

During a live meeting with education stakeholders, representatives from the education department posted a slideshow detailing many of the White House’s education spending priorities. Education Writers Association staff copied those slides and re-created the presentation below.

Some other notable spending programs include $389 million for career- and college-ready standards and assessments, $100 million more for an after-school grant, and $300 million to expand the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative.

While some details about key changes are missing–such as tying federal higher education loans to market rates in lieu of set interest rates passed by Congress–the information should serve as a helpful starting off point for education writers and analysts. 

Additional resources:

The White House’s budget highlights for education.

Detailed budget estimates by agency of department.

Supplemental items, lists of federal grants to states, and analytical perspectives.