News in Brief
House Panel OKs Ed. Dept. Budget Boosting Teacher Incentive Fund
The U.S. House of Representatives last week took its first action on the U.S. Department of Education’s fiscal 2010 budget, when a key panel approved a plan that nearly matches President Barack Obama’s request for a big increase for a program that seeks to reward effective teachers.
Overall, the department would receive $64.7 billion in discretionary dollars, an increase of $1.2 billion, or 1.8 percent, over the current year. The plan was approved July 10 by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education on a voice vote.
The House bill would provide $446 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund, which received $97 million this fiscal year. It also meets President Obama’s call to include $50 million for a new high school graduation initiative, and would match his request of $11.5 billion for special education state grants, the same amount as provided in the fiscal 2009 budget.
However, the panel rejected the presidents bid to shift $1 billion of Title I aid to districts into the Title I school improvement grants program, and his call to create a $500 million Title I early childhood grants program.
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