Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

WASHINGTON UPDATE: Plans to Limit GEAR UP Program Stir Concern

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

WASHINGTON UPDATE: Plans to Limit GEAR UP Program Stir Concern

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WASHINGTON UPDATE: Plans to Limit GEAR UP Program Stir Concern

Bush administration plans to limit the new GEAR UP college awareness program are drawing fire from a Congressional Black Caucus member who helped launch the program.

GEAR UP will serve 175,000 fewer children than it could have given current federal funding, says Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa. Through GEAR UP, the federal government funds projects for middle school students to help them prepare for high school and college. Unlike federal TRIO programs, GEAR UP also attempts to promote schoolwide change while providing services to individual students.

Early in 2001, the Bush administration proposed a major cut in GEAR UP, from $295 million to $229 million. Fattah opposes that move but also faults the administration for scaling back a GEAR UP grant competition without congressional approval.

"We are concerned about your recent decision to award many fewer GEAR UP grants this year," said Fattah in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education co-authored with Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. …

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