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E.D. Discretionary Funds, Not Programs, To Be Hiked

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Washington--The endorsement by senior Reagan Administration officials last week of a strategy for using the education issue in the upcoming Presidential campaign has apparently ended a long debate within the Administration over the size of its fiscal 1985 education budget.

According to sources, White House and Education Department officials agreed after a meeting last week that they would not initiate any major education programs or seek substantial increases in the federal education budget.

"It was resolved that it would be an unwise precedent to start new programs. The other side will always be able to argue that we should spend a couple of billion more on them; we can't win that debate," said a source familiar with the discussions at the meeting.

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