Ed Week: Obama Budget Pitches Race to Top for Equity, New Money for Ed Tech

From Ed Week, here. An excerpt:

Education would be a bright spot in a relatively austere budget year, if the Obama administration gets its way.

The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget, released Tuesday—which would largely hit school districts in the 2015-16 school year—includes level funding for key formula programs, such as Title I grants to districts but makes room for several new competitive initiatives, including a new iteration of the Race to the Top program focused on helping schools close the achievement gap.

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Overall, the White House is asking for $68.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, or abouta $1.3 billion increase over fiscal year 2014, according to sources. Most of the K-12 money wouldn’t hit school districts until the 2015-16 school year.

The budget plan also makes a second sales pitch for some proposals that Congress hasn’t funded yet. The administration is again seeking $75 billion over 10 years for an initiative to entice states to expand prekindergarten programs to more 4-year-olds.

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