Joe Biden Wants More Federal Funding for Special Ed

If Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the November election, he hopes to preside over full federal funding of special education — “something that hasn’t happened since Congress first passed sweeping legislation for students with disabilities 45 years ago,” writes EdSource’s Carolyn Jones

Federal funding comprised just 8.4% of special education costs in California in 2018-19. Under Biden’s platform, which would have to be adopted by Congress, California schools could get an additional $2.66 billion annually for special education.

“It’s hugely significant,” Carolynne Bottum, former head of the Special Education Local Area Plan for Yolo County, told EdSource. “This wouldn’t just benefit students with disabilities, it would benefit all children.”

Read more about Joe Biden’s plan for special education and individuals with disabilities here