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ERIC Number: EJ826953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-21
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Stimulus Plan Aids Education: House Bill Could Provide $100 Billion to K-12 Schools
Klein, Alyson
Education Week, v28 n18 p1, 22 Jan 2009
Cash-strapped school districts could see an unprecedented $100 billion infusion of federal aid under a massive economic-stimulus package unveiled by House Democrats this week. The overall measure, put forth January 15 by the House Appropriations Committee, is aimed at providing a $825 billion jolt to the stumbling U.S. economy, and to help avert what could be draconian cuts in state and local programs, including education. The more than $100 billion in federal spending for education in the stimulus bill would be nearly double the entire $59.2 billion discretionary budget for the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal 2008. The K-12 education funding would come from various components of the stimulus package. The legislation includes a $79 billion fund to help states to prevent cuts in services, the bulk of which is slated for education. On top of that, the measure outlines specific aid for school construction, support for early-childhood education, and substantial spending boosts for major Education Department programs, including Title I grants for educating disadvantaged students and aid for special education. However, some analysts are concerned that the proposed House stimulus package comes with too few strings attached and would relieve states and school districts from making the kinds of tough budget choices that could ultimately bolster student achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act