In a June 12, 2012 press release, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee announced its approval of a budget proposal that would include modest increases in the FY 2013 funding for the education of students with disabilities and disadvantaged students. Compared to FY 2012, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies proposes to fund services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with a $100 million increase for each. The proposal also includes $600 million for Race to the Top; an increase of $51 million over last year. According to the Subcommittee’s budget summary, the overall proposal reflects a funding level of $166 billion, including a total of $68.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Education (ED), which is a slight increase over ED’s $68.1 billion in FY 2012.
The Senate Subcommittee’s proposal is an early step in the FY 2013 appropriations process for ED. Some observers conjecture that, due to bipartisan education policy contentions, the process may continue through the November 2012 presidential and congressional elections.