K-12 Taking Primacy in States' Targeting of Stimulus Dollars
Higher education may take second place on direct aid
Although precollegiate programs get the lion’s share of education aid under the federal economic-stimulus package, states are expected to use a considerable chunk of the nearly $100 billion in aid to restore cuts to—and even invest in—higher education programs.
But where they have discretion, policymakers in some states hit hard by the economic downturn, such as Nevada and Tennessee, appear to favor increasing, or maintaining, funding for K-12 schools over higher education.
That’s hardly a surprise, said David L. Shreve, the senior education committee director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, based in Denver. Typically, state higher education appropriations are "either feast or famine," he said. In lean times, states may be more inclined to trim higher education budgets, because they have a...
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