Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

President, Congress Reach Budget Deal

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

President, Congress Reach Budget Deal

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WASHINGTON UPDATE: President, Congress Reach Budget Deal

After weeks of tense debate, President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress have agreed to a fiscal 1999 budget that includes many substantial increases for education.

The agreement includes an estimated $1 billion in new funds to help schools hire and train up to 100,000 new teachers. This issue was a major stumbling block that kept Congress from meeting its original October 9 budget deadline.

Both sides claimed victory on the issue. Democrats noted that the GOP had agreed to accept one of the top White House education priorities, while Republicans praised final language that would send the money to local areas with little or no federal involvement.

National Education Association President Bob Chase credited both parties, but thanked Clinton's "aggressive leadership in keeping the class size proposal as a priority."

Other details of the agreement remained sketchy as Black Issues went to press, although the final bill will cover thousands of federal programs across dozens of agencies. …

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