Appropriations Update

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XXThe Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of an education, labor, and health and human services spending bill on Sept. 3, while its counterpart in the House passed its version of the funding measure in July. The full Senate could vote on its education appropriations bill later this week. 

Fiscal 1998 Appropriation President Clinton's Request House   Appropriations Committee Bill Senate Appropriations Committee Bill
Title I formula grants: $7.495 billion $7.917 billion $7.495 billion *$7.678 billion
Special education state grants: $4.531 billion **$4.765 billion $4.82 billion $5.044 billion
Goals 2000: $491 million    $501 million $245.5 million $496 million
Impact aid:    $808 million $696 million $848 million $810 million
Charter schools:   $80 million $100 million $100 million $80 million
School-to-work: $200 million *** $125 million $75 million $125 million
Safe and drug-free schools:  $556 million $606 million $556 million $556 million
Bilingual and immigrant education:     $354 million $387 million $354 million $354 million
Maximum Pell Grant award (each):  $3,000 $3,100 $3,150   $3,100

* Senate bill also contains $120 million for the Comprehensive School Reform Grants within the Title I program.

** The Department of Education added $210 million to the administration's original proposal for special education state grants funding. The money had been intended for the America Reads literacy initiative, which Congress failed to approve by a self-imposed deadline.

*** An identical amount is also included under the Department of Labor's proposed budget.

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