Congress has approved significant fiscal year 2023 increases for Title I programs in high-poverty schools, special education and community schools, with the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) pre-K-12 portion of $45 billion equaling a 5.6% increase over last year’s spending allocation.

The legislation, signed by President Joe Biden on Dec. 29, provides $79.6 billion for the Education Department — an increase of $3.2 billion over last year’s budget, but $8.7 billion less than the president requested.

The 2023 budget also includes a directive for the USDE to provide guidance for districts and states on using federal funds to recruit, prepare, support and retain school principals and other leaders. Another provision gives greater flexibility to private school bus operators in accessing federal funding.

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