A second-grade teacher cleans a desk in her Boston classroom on September 10, 2020.
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Biden’s new American Families Plan plan includes a $318 billion investment in the US education system. The $1.8 trillion plan would offer universal pre-K and two years of free community college. It also includes a $9 billion investment to help prepare teachers to meet community demands. See more stories on Insider’s business page.
President Joe Biden will unveil a $1.8 trillion plan on Wednesday, the second of his two-part infrastructure package worth about $4 trillion overall.
While the first part of the plan included funding for physical infrastructure, the second entirely focuses on care-economy measures, including a national paid leave and four more years of expanded direct payments to parents. It also includes a $318 billion investment in the country’s education system.
The White House fact sheet detailing the so-called American Families Plan on Wednesday said that while Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus continues to provide relief to Americans suffering from the pandemic, his infrastructure proposals are needed to “build a stronger economy that does not leave anyone behind – we need to build back better. President Biden knows a strong middle class is the backbone of America.”
The plan will make “transformational investments from early childhood to higher education,” senior administration officials said in a press call. The administration also called investing in education a “down payment on the future of America,” contrasting this moment with access to high school becoming more widely available at the turn of the 20th century. “Everyone knows that 12 years is not enough today.”
Here’s how Biden’s infrastructure proposal invests in America’s education:
Biden will invest $200 billion to offer free, high-quality preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds, which would benefit 5 million children and save the average family $13,000. According to the fact sheet, all employees participating in a pre-K program would earn at least $15 an hour. The plan would also include investments