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Science-Education Aid Reduced

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Washington--Responding to Reagan Administration concerns about excessive spending, lawmakers have sliced another $5 million from the federal mathematics- and science-education program, in addition to the $50-million cut they had agreed to make last month.

The fiscal 1986 budget for the program--once intended to be the federal government's principal effort to improve mathematics and science instruction--thus fell from $100 million last year, its first year in operation, to $45 million.

The cut in the math-science program was part of a $38.1-million reduction sought by the Office of Management and Budget in the $106.5-billion fiscal 1986 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The bill allocates nearly $18.5 billion for the Education De-partment.

Three other education accounts were affected by the last-minute cuts, announced on the House floor Dec. 5 moments before a vote on the bill, HR 3424.

Chapter 2 discretionary programs were halved, from $6-million to $3 million; impact-aid construction funds were trimmed from $20 million to $17.5 million; and library-construction funds were trimmed from $25 million to $22.5 million.

In announcing the additional cuts on the floor, Representative William H. Natcher, Democrat of Kentucky and chairman of the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee, said the reductions would "ensure the signature by the President."

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