Capital Digest

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Fewer children would participate in Chapter 1 programs in 1991 than in 1990, 1.4 million students would lose Pell Grants averaging $1,000, and the amount of money given to states for education of the handicapped would drop by a third, if a full sequester under the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit-reduction law takes effect this fall, according to the Education Department.

The figures come from a report sent to the Office of Management and Budget that attempts to quantify the extent of the possible cuts under the law, which mandates automatic spending reductions in order to bring the federal budget deficit down to $64 billion in fiscal 1991. The department's report estimated that its fiscal 1991 budget authority would drop $6.4 billion, from $25.7 billion to $19.3 billion, under a full sequester.

Because the department used August budget estimates, however, the effects of a full sequester would probably be greater than that, since projections of the size of the deficit have risen since then. By October, the department could have to cut $8.1 billion, according to OMB.

Agencies throughout the federal government are preparing for a possible October sequester if Congressional and White House negotiators are unable to agree on a budget package. Observers say it is unlikely, however, that the Congress and President Bush will allow the full ,cuts to take place.

The report also projects that state vocational-rehabilitation programs would lose $68.6 million under a full sequester, while drug-free-schools programs would lose $179 million and state adult-education programs would serve 1.1 million fewer stu dents.

A reported drop in the percentage of young people who have used cocaine is "most encouraging," Director of National Drug-Control Policy William J. Bennett said last week on the first anniversary of President Bush's anti-drug initiative.3

Mr. Bennett cited a federally funded survey that shows a drop in the percentage of high-school seniors who have ever used cocaine--from a high of 17 percent in 1985 to 10 percent last year--as the most impressive achievement of the "war on drugs" to date.

"There is a change in attitude among young people," he said. "This is encouraging."

Vice President Dan Quayle last week reiterated the Bush Administration's support for pa rental choice in a speech to the Na tional Association of Towns and Townships.

Vol. 10, Issue 2

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories





Sponsor Insights

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >