The Bush Education Budget

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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.

FY '04 Level

FY '03 Level

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
  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
  school reform
0 235 million 235 million
Rural education 0 0 163 million

Smaller learning

0 0 142 million


$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

Vol. 22, Issue 22, Page 30

Published in Print: February 12, 2003, as The Bush Education Budget
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