Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

House Considers Cutting Education Budget

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

House Considers Cutting Education Budget

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Washington UPDATE: House Considers Cutting Education Budget

Despite a booming economy and a budget surplus, education programs may get little or no new federal funding this year, if the House of Representatives gets its way.

A new House resolution would cut $4.4 billion from the federal budget category for education, job training, and human services -- when compared to the funding levels approved in last year's balanced budget bill. The Republican-led House Budget Committee approved the plan after rebuffing efforts from Democrats to allow more spending for these programs.

The education budget reductions are part of government-wide cuts of $58.2 billion in non-defense discretionary spending, when compared to the balanced budget pact, critics said. Educators would not receive the brunt of the cuts next year, but they may hit hard soon thereafter.

The plan would slice only $100 million next year, but $44 billion in the following four years, according to a Democratic analysis of the plan. …

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