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Bush 2006-07 Budget Cuts $4.3 Billion from Education

Kills or Greatly Slashes Funding for 46 Education Programs


In his fiscal budget for the federal 2006-2007 year that commences on October 1, 2006, President Bush proposes to end 42 US Department of Education programs and significantly reduce spending for four other Education programs, for total budget cuts of $4.279 billion.

This article is a complete listing of those 46 programs, along with program descriptions per the US Department of Education website.

The Bush-proposed education budget cuts for 2006-2007 affect all public schools and students, but the brunt is borne by disabled and economically disadvantaged students; teachers of math, science, foreign languages and bilingual education and who have outstanding student loans; and especially (and curiously) in the teaching of American History and Civics.


-- Educational technology state grants, $272 million - assists states in generating and using accurate and timely data to meet federal reporting requirements, and facilitate research needed to eliminate achievement gaps and improve learning of all students.

-- Even Start, $99 million - designed to improve the literacy of academic achievement of young children and their low-income families

High school programs terminations:

-- Vocational education state grants, $1,182 million - aims to develop the academic, vocational, and technical skills of students who elect to enroll in vocational and technical programs

-- Vocational education national programs, $9 million

-- Upward Bound, $311 million - provides support to high schoolers from low-income families and to low-income first-generation military veterans to succeed in pre-college performance

-- GEAR UP, $303 million - designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college; GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

-- Talent search, $145 million - aims at increasing number of disadvantaged youth to complete high school and attend college

-- Tech prep education program, $105 million - Hailed by the Education Department website as "a significant innovation in the education reform movement in the United States....Tech Prep is an important school-to-work transition strategy, helping all students make the connection between school and employment."

-- Smaller learning communities, $94 million - plan, implement or expand smaller learning communities in large high schools, and includes parents, community-based organizations and other community members in the activities of the smaller learning communities. This program was established by the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002.

-- Safe and Drug-Free Schools, $347 million - Includes the widely-praised DARE program

Elementary and secondary education program terminations:

-- Parental information and resource centers, $40 million - assists parents whose children attend schools identified for improvements or corrections by the No Child Left Behind Act

-- Arts in education, $35 million - development of programs designed to improve or expand arts education (music, art, theater, dance) in elementary or middle school curricula

-- Elementary and secondary school counseling, $35 million - establishes or expands elementary and high school counseling programs, especially for schools with the greatest need for new and additional counseling services, and the most promising and innovative approaches

-- Alcohol abuse reduction, $32 million - aims to reduce alcohol abuse among secondary school students

-- Civic education, $29 million - programs in character, civics, and correctional education in elementary and high schools and colleges

-- National Writing Project, $22 million - a nationwide, nonprofit educational organization that promotes K-16 teacher training programs in the effective teaching of writing; serves more than 100,000 teachers at approximately 175 sites, and has served over 2 million teachers and administrators since its inception in 1974.

-- Star Schools, $15 million - improved instructions in math, science and foreign language for disabled, illiterate and disadvantaged students

-- School leadership,$15 million - assists in recruiting, training and retaining principals and assistant principals in low-income areas

-- Ready to Teach, $11 million - enables eligible schools to develop, produce and distribute innovative educational and instructional digital/video programming

-- Javits gifted and talented education, $10 million - meets special needs of gifted students who are disabled, disadvantaged and limited-English proficient

-- Exchanges with Historic Whaling and Trading Partners, $9 million - supports culturally-based educational activities, internships, apprenticeships and exchanges for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and children and families of Massachusetts

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