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Published in Print: September 17, 2003, as Education Spending

Education Spending

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The Senate last week completed work on the spending bill that funds the Department of Education for fiscal 2004, which begins Oct. 1. The next step is for House and Senate lawmakers to meet in a conference committee to reconcile differences in their versions of the legislation. Here are highlights from the spending proposals.

President's
Requests
House
Version
Senate
Version
Total Education Department
discretionary spending
$53.1 billion $55.4 billion $55.8 billion
Pell Grants 12.35 billion 12.35 billion 12.35 billion
21st Century Community
Learning Centers
600 million 1 billion 1 billion
State grants for special education 9.53 billion 9.87 billion 11.06 billion
Teacher quality 2.85 billion 2.93 billion 2.85 billion
School counseling 0 32.3 million 34.0 million
Smaller learning communities 0 175 million 161 million
Impact aid 1.02 billion 1.24 billion 1.19 billion

Vol. 23, Issue 3, Page 25

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