Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

What Happened with Education in the Latest National Budget?

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

What Happened with Education in the Latest National Budget?

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The following quick summary was provided in The Washington Post by writer, Michael A. Fletcher: The administration is requesting $56 billion for the Education Department, a cut of half a billion dollars, or 0.9 percent, from fiscal 2005--the first reduction in overall federal education spending in a decade. The budget would eliminate the Perkins loan program, which provides low-interest loans to low- and middle-income college students. The budget would use those savings to increase spending on Pell grants, which provide college grants to low-income students, and raise the maximum award $100, to $4,150. In all, 48 education programs would be terminated, including those providing college-readiness training to low-income high school students and federal vocational education initiatives that the White House said are not performing well or duplicate other federal efforts. Some of the savings would be used to increase spending in several programs, including $1.5 billion to extend federal No Child Left Behind testing and accountability requirements into the nation's high schools. …

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