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The Bush Education Budget

February 12, 2003 1 min read
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President Bush’s budget request for fiscal 2004 includes $53.1 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education. Below are highlights from that request, as compared with his request for fiscal 2003 and the actual levels for fiscal 2002.

Proposed
FY ’04 Level

Proposed
FY ’03 Level

Final
FY ’02 Level

Pell Grants $12.7 billion $10.9 billion $11.3 billion*
Title I grants to districts

12.4 billion

11.4 billion 10.4 billion
Special education
grants to states
9.5 billion 8.5 billion 7.5 billion
Teacher-quality
grants to states
2.9 billion 2.9 billion 2.9 billion
Reading first 1.1 billion 1 billion 900 million

Impact aid

1 billion 1.1 billion 1.1 billion
Vocational Education 1 billion 1.3 billion 1.3 billion
Educ. Technology
grants to states
701 million 701 million 701 million
English-language acquisition 665 million 665 million 665 million
21st Century Community
Learning Centers
600 billion 1 billion 1 billion
State assessments 390 million 387 million 387 million
Research, development,
and dissemination
185 million 175 million 122 million
Charter school facilities 100 million 100 million 0

School choice
incentive fund

75 million 50 million 0
Comprehensive
school reform
0 235 million 235 million
Rural education 0 0 163 million

Smaller learning
communities

0 0 142 million

TOTAL

$53.1 billion $50.3 billion $49.9 billion

*The original fiscal 2002 figure for Pell Grants was $10.3 billion, but last summer, Congress added an extra $1 billion to make up a funding shortfall.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

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