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  • Department of Education Exempt from Spending “Freeze”

    It appears that President Obama will exempt education from his so-called spending freeze. Despite the fact that Obama already doubled the Department of Education’s budget through the Omnibus and Stimulus bills last year, he plans to continue the spending binge. The Washington Post reported yesterday:

    Administration officials said they could not provide a direct comparison to current elementary and secondary education spending levels, but they said federal education spending would rise overall by 6.2 percent. That would apparently be the largest percentage increase since 2003, not counting the huge infusion from last year’s economic stimulus law.

    The Post writes that the President will talk about a $1.35 billion increase to his more than $4 billion Race to the Top Fund, which provides competitive grants to states to implement certain education reforms. The increase comes before the winners of the first round of RttT money have even been announced, let alone before the first $4 billion has been spent.

    In addition, the Post signaled that No Child Left Behind, the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, will be the occasion for another $1 billion in new education spending. In a description that invites curiosity about where the money would actually be spent, the Post writes:

    The $1 billion fund would be held out as a carrot for a successful legislative conclusion. One top aide to the president described it as an ‘incentive necessary to implement the kinds of reforms that we believe are necessary’.

    The Post also notes that Obama will promote the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) a higher education bill that would terminate the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and expand the Federal Direct Loan program. The SAFRA, which has already passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate, also contains a new $8 billion pre-k program.

    Finally, it’s also unclear as to whether the President will revamp or consolidate the federal Head Start program – the $8 billion annual preschool program that was recently found by the Department of Health and Human Services to have zero long-term impact on students.

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    2 Responses to Department of Education Exempt from Spending “Freeze”

    1. Lloyd Welch Valdese, says:

      The problem is the same, sugar daddy big government steps into a public school system where the biggest disciplinary issues were chewing gum and running in the halls and shasham we have murder and rape problems in our public schools. Our founding fathers did NOT put public education into the constitution because public education is best left to local discretion, that is "the state and the people."

      It was not our public education system, our welfare system, Department of Agriculture, or ant other sugar daddy big government scheme that made the United States the envy of the world, it was our one of a kind in human history United States Constitution.

    2. SAMUEL says:

      This always sounds good for politicians to run on education. Give the great teachers unions more money. They don't have to teach as it is, they all have two or three helpers per class room.

      Every year we give the union schools more and more money. The head start and no child left behind has been nothing but another big joke. They are nothing but child care centers. Mothers don't work, but send their children there for free child and free food.

      More of our tax money down the drain.

      It's time to shut down the big teachers union and make the teachers teach. Cut their benefits.

      What they are doing with the money is adding more incentives for the teachers.

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