Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: NASA Budget Cuts Funding for Minority Institutions - Black Colleges Spared

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: NASA Budget Cuts Funding for Minority Institutions - Black Colleges Spared

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Washington UPDATE: NASA Budget Cuts Funding for Minority Institutions -- Black Colleges Spared

An African American member of Congress won one battle but lost another in an attempt to prevent funding cutbacks for minority institutions through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) helped rebuff efforts to cut dedicated NASA funding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). A NASA authorization bill developed in committee cut HBCU funding from $31.3 million to $25.5 million, but the House science and space panel restored the funds after prodding from Jackson Lee and others, aides said.

Cuts for Hispanic-serving institutions and other non-HBCU minority schools, however, remain despite attempts to restore the funds on the House floor on April 24.

"This is not taking away to give to others," Jackson Lee said. "This is restoring dollars that were allotted in fiscal year 1997 funding."

At issue is funding for NASA's Minority Research and Education programs. Aside from the HBCU funding, other minority institutions received $23. 5 million this year. Under the new plan that level would fall to $15.4 million, an $8.1 million decrease. …

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