Table: The Bush Education Budget

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President Bush outlined a fiscal 2006 budget request that envisions a slight decline in overall Department of Education spending, even while instituting new programs. To pay for those programs, plus increases in others, he’s seeking a host of cuts. Highlights of the budget proposal include:

Program FY 2005 Final Budget President's FY 2006 Request % Change
Title I program for disadvantaged students $12.74 billion $13.34 billion +4.7%
Striving Readers 24.8 million 200 million +706.5%
High School Intervention 0 1.24 billion new
Even Start 225 million 0 -100
Vocational and technical education 1.33 billion 0 -100
Educational technology state grants 496 million 0 -100
Teacher Incentive Fund 0 500 million new
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities state grants 437 million 0 -100
Special education state grants 10.59 billion 11.10 billion +4.8%
Federal TRIO programs 837 million 369 million -55.8%
TOTAL Department of Education discretionary spending: $56.58 billion $56.05 billion -0.9%

Vol. 24, Issue 23, Page 36

Published in Print: February 16, 2005, as The Bush Education Budget
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