Bush's budget: taking from Peter to pay Paul?This time of year, education lobbyists work hardest for their paychecks, and President Bush's proposed $56 billion education budget for fiscal year 2006 will mean plenty of overtime as advocates work toward restoring $4.3 billion in programs proposed for elimination.
The proposed budget, down .9 percent or $530 million from last year's $56.6 billion budget, is the first overall reduction in education spending in more than 10 years.
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we're we are disappointed that 48 of the 150 programs that were zeroed out in the president's budget were education programs," says Denise Cardinal, spokeswoman for the National Education Association. "We're working with members of Congress to restore funding to some of these, which we consider to be a fairly likely scenario given recent history."
The biggest news for educators in the president's budget is the proposed High School Initiative. It would extend many of the provisions of No Child Left Behind into high school, . supported by $1.5 million in redirected funding. But the high school initiative is paired with the proposed elimination of $1.3 billion in state grants for vocational education vocational education, training designed to advance individuals' general proficiency, especially in relation to their present or future occupations. The term does not normally include training for the professions. . (The new high school money could be used to maintain support for vocational education at the state's discretion.)
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Other large ticket items that would be eliminated include Safe and Drug Free Schools initiative, Education Technology State Grants, and Upward Bound Upward Bound is a program of the United States Department of Education, the goal of this which is to give high school students who are in categories that make them less likely to attend college (such as low income, parents who didn't attend college, and living in rural areas) the , a college prep program. (For the full list see www. ed.gov See .gov and GovNet.
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"The problem here is that the cuts proposed, in some cases, are congressional priorities," says Mary Mary, the mother of Jesus
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Though many have lauded the president's proposed new focus on high school achievement, Washington insiders are calling it 'dead on arrival' because it would be funded through the elimination of other programs. (See "High School Reform" on page 35) The initiative would have two major components: $1.24 billion for "high school intervention A procedure used in a lawsuit by which the court allows a third person who was not originally a party to the suit to become a party, by joining with either the plaintiff or the defendant. ," aimed at increasing achievement and reducing racial and economic performance gaps; and $250 million to help states create annual assessments in language arts language arts
The subjects, including reading, spelling, and composition, aimed at developing reading and writing skills, usually taught in elementary and secondary school. and math in two additional grades in high school by 2009-10. (NCLB NCLB No Child Left Behind (US education initiative) already requires one assessment in grades 10-12.)
Title I and IDEA would be net beneficiaries under the president's budget; Title I would receive an additional $600 million, and IDEA an additional $510 million. Also proposed is the creation of a $500 million teacher incentive fund, a state grant program to reward effective teachers and offer incentives for highly qualified teachers to teach in high-poverty schools.
Elementary and Secondary Ed Programs larger than $200 million proposed for elimination in FY2006 (in millions) PROGRAM NAME '05 BUDGET ALLOCATION Comprehensive School Reform $205.3 Education Technology State Grants $496.0 Even Start $225.1 Gaining Early Awareness And Readiness for Undergraduate Programs $306.5 Safe and Drug-free Schools And Communities State Grants $437.4 TRIO Upward Bound $312.6 Vocational Education State Grants $1,194.3 Elementary and Secondary Ed Programs Proposed for Increases (in millions) TOTAL AMT. OF PROPOSED INCREASE High School Initiative * $1,500 $1,500 Includes H.S. Assessments $250 $250 Striving Readers $200 $175 Secondary Ed Mathematics Initiative $120 $120 Advanced Placement $52 $22 IDEA $1,100 $508 Title I $13,300 $603 Teacher Incentive Fund * $500 $500 Choice Incentive Fund * $50 $50 Adjunct Teacher Corp. $40 $40 Safe and Drug Free Schools-National Programs $317 $82 * new program