Obama: 4% more for K-12 education

The Obama administration is proposing to spend 4 percent more on education, excluding Pell Grants, in fiscal 2012, reports Ed Week. That includes small boosts to Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education funding and School Improvement (to be renamed School Turnaround) Grants.

And, as part of its proposal for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka the No Child Left Behind Act), the administration is asking for $300 million for a program called Title I rewards, to help give a pat on the back to schools that are making progress in boosting student achievement.

Race to the Top will be directed at districts, not states. And Obama proposes to create an education R&D institute like the Defense Department’s DARPA.

Counting Pell Grants, which go to low-income college students, K-12 and higher education spending would go up by 22 percent.

It’s about the 2012 election, not the kids, grumps Mike Petrilli.

House Republicans want to cut education spending, reports Politics K-12.

The measure, which would continue federal funding for rest of the fiscal year, takes aim at some programs that were previously considered untouchable, including special education spending and Pell Grants to help low-and-moderate income students pay for college. Overall it would cut $4.9 billion from the U.S. Department of Education’s fiscal year 2010 budget of $63.7 billion.

Curriculum Matters lists the Republicans’ proposed cuts in adolescent literacy, math and science education, teaching U.S. history and more.

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  1. The rationale that Obama gave to Congress for the huge proposed boost in the size of Pell grants outstripping inflation and accounting for a major portion of the presidents proposed 77.8 billion in Education Department spending for fiscal 2011 a 31 percent increase over fiscal 2010 is that no one should go broke because they choose to go to college. Thats a worthy sentiment but it raises an important question What exactly will a massive additional transfer of federal funds to college students accomplish? Yet the Obama administration seems determined to throw good higher-education money after bad so to speak.

  2. The rationale that Obama gave to Congress for the huge proposed boost in the size of Pell grants outstripping inflation and accounting for a major portion of the presidents proposed 77.8 billion in Education Department spending for fiscal 2011 a 31 percent increase over fiscal 2010 is that no one should go broke because they choose to go to college. Thats a worthy sentiment but it raises an important question What exactly will a massive additional transfer of federal funds to college students accomplish? Yet the Obama administration seems determined to throw good higher-education money after bad so to speak.