Table: Education Budget Highlights

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President Bush outlined a fiscal 2007 budget request that proposes a 3.8 percent decline in overall Department of Education spending, even while seeking new programs (shown in bold). To pay for those additions, plus increases in others, he’s asking for a host of cuts.

Title I program for disadvantaged students 12.7 billion 12.7 billion 0
Speical education state grants 10.6 billion 10.7 billion +.01
Math Now for elementary school students 125 million
America’s Opportunity Scholarships for Kids 100 million
Striving Readers 29.7 million 100 million +236
President's high school initiative 1.5 billion
Vocational and technical education (Perkins Act) 1.3 billion 0 -100
Safe and Drug-Free Schools 346.5 million 0 -100
Educational technology state grants 272.3 million 0 -100
Even Start family literacy 99 million 0 -100
GEAR-UP college-readiness program 303.4 million 0 -100
Discretionary spending
$56.6 billion* $54.4 billion -3.8%
*The final FY 2006 discretionary-spending figure includes adjustments. Specifically, it does not include $1.6 billion in emergency appropriations for hurricane relief, but does include $600 million in discretionary student-loan funding that was previously categorized as mandatory funding. The 2007 budget request classifies the $600 million as discretionary spending.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education and Education Week

Vol. 25, Issue 23, Page 25

Published in Print: February 15, 2006, as Table: Education Budget Highlights
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