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Proposed cuts in Budget
By Barbara Bray    February 1, 2008 -- 04:39 PM

Oh no! The Federal budget is slashing education - completely eliminating educational technology. Here's a summary:
  • Reading First would be restored to $1 billion. That's the amount it received in fiscal 2007, before Congress whacked it down to $393 million.
  • Title I grants to schools districts would increase $406 million, or 2.9 percent, to $14.3 billion.
  • Special education grants to states would increase $337 million, or 3.1 percent, to $11.2 billion.
  • Teacher quality grants under NCLB's Title II would decrease $100 million, or 3.4 percent, to $2.8 billion.
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities would be cut down by $194.8 million, or 66 percent, to $100 million.

The 21st Century Learning Centers also would receive a significant cut, falling 26 percent from $1.28 billion to $800 million. This number raises an interesting question. Is this the president's $800 million proposal for the 21st Century Learning Opportunities program? (See this White House document.) The proposal would give parents money to pay for after-school and summer programs designed to improve student achievement. Faith-based providers would be eligible to receive the money. It looks as if the Bush administration wants to end the current program and replace it with a new one giving money to parents.

Some programs that would be eliminated:

  • Career and Technical Education ($1.16 billion)
  • Tech-Prep Education ($102.9 million)
  • Educational Technology ($267.5 million) - Yikes!
  • Even Start ($66.5 million)
Do we have a say? Can we do anything about this?


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By Carolyn      February 1, 2008 -- 08:49 PM
As I recall some of these cuts have been proposed the last couple of years, but Congress wouldn't vote for them, thankfully!

So hopefully that trend will continue!


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By small Lisa Dilles      February 10, 2008 -- 01:58 PM
Yes, well, in California we have state-level budget crises, leading to a 10% proposed reductions, and even mid-year reductions. We may have to pay to come to work! Alas, the economy is not what we'd like. I still feel that there are way too many state and federal level bureaucracies that layer onto each other, produce little, and never seem to be cut. Lisa in Santa Cruz, CA

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