Deficit-Panel Members Get Education Advocates' Eye
Committee's work has broad funding implications
Advocates worried about the future of education funding are focusing on the congressional “supercommittee” charged with making major, long-term changes to the federal budget—a task that could have lasting implications for K-12 spending and other aid for children.
The bipartisan panel, whose nickname reflects its broad authority, is charged with coming up with ways to reduce the nation’s deficit by at least $1.5 trillion in the next 10 years. Lawmakers on the panel, which is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans from each chamber, can propose budgetary changes in a host of areas—including taxes, entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and discretionary spending, which includes K-12 education.
Education lobbyists consider it unlikely that the panel, which was created as part of a compromise to raise the federal debt ceiling, will give close, line-by-line scrutiny to the U.S. Department of Education’s budget. Still, the panel’s sweeping authority and mammoth mandate present a challenge for education advocates, said Joel Packer, the executive director of the Committee for Education Funding ,...
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