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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Budget 2012: Department of Education

By Nick Anderson

President Obama wants a major funding increase in the coming year to sustain Pell grants for needy college students and more modest increases to finance his reform agenda for public schools.

House Republicans want deep, immediate cuts in both areas of education, setting up a clash early in the new Congress.

Among domestic programs, education comes out a winner in the president's fiscal 2012 budget: Spending would increase 11 percent, to more than $77 billion.

Much of that growth would support keeping the maximum Pell grant at $5,550 a year. The college-access program has grown in the past two years with Obama's backing. Economic troubles mean far more students are qualifying for grants. Grant recipients are projected to increase from about 6 million in 2008 to more than 9 million in 2012, putting major pressure on the federal budget.

House Republicans would lower the maximum Pell grant to $4,705 and cut other education spending by about $4.9 billion.

Excluding Pell grants, Obama would raise education spending about $2 billion, or 4 percent, to nearly $49 billion. That includes about $500 million more for Title I -- an anti-poverty school program-- and for special education.

Obama also wants $900 million to extend his signature Race to the Top school reform contest to school districts, with some of the money targeting rural areas, as well as smaller amounts for various initiatives, including recruiting more science and math teachers.

For many schools, the education funding fight on Capitol Hill will pale this year in importance compared to the battles emerging in statehouses across the country.

Even if Obama wins approval for all of his proposed increases--which is doubtful given the House Republican opposition--new federal spending would not come close to offsetting cuts in education expected at state and local levels.

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By Nick Anderson  | February 14, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
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Comments

JBfromFL wrote"
"De-fund the department of Education..."

One can now see that you are educationally deficient!!! The reason why we are now financial "slaves" to the Chinese and the Japanese is because they are educationally superior and you (like many who suffer from the same poverty of knowledge as you) are campaigning not to fund Ed. Dept while you continue to expend hundreds of billions of dollars on discretionary defense spending. You are so shameproof!!!.

Posted by: midas20874 | February 14, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

JBfromFL wrote"
"De-fund the department of Education..."

One can now see that you are educationally deficient!!! The reason why we are now financial "slaves" to the Chinese and the Japanese is because they are educationally superior and you (like many who suffer from the same poverty of knowledge as you) are campaigning not to fund Ed. Dept while you continue to expend hundreds of billions of dollars on discretionary defense spending. You are so shameproof!!!.

Posted by: midas20874 | February 14, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Today no commenters have shown that they any actual knowledge of what DOE does or does not do...

Posted by: Towards_Light | February 14, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Abolish the US Department of Education to save billions. Cut all discretionary grants like Teach for America that funnel funds to a few insiders.

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | February 14, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Then we have to get rid of the liberal Infestation in our schools.
More and more parents have Huge problem with their high school and college kids coming home complaining about the liberal agenda Forced on them from their teachers.
When you're paying through-the-nose, out of your own pocket, for a very expensive
college education for your kids-- and then
you find out the vast majority of professors are not only Liberal, but they're actively pushing their Liberal Agenda on your kids--- it leaves a very bad taste in your mouth!
Get rid of the Dept. of Education...its the problem --not the solution.
States can hire proven business leaders,
managers, CEO's, etc., to teach our kids,
especially in high school and college!
THAT'S how you get kids who are prepared for the real world, for the jobs that are out there.

Posted by: ohioan | February 14, 2011 11:02 AM

Do you even know what a teacher does? I suggest you get with a high school teacher and find out what they do before posting stupidity. Liberal agenda? You mean the Standard of Learning (SOL) that teachers are using here in Va?

Posted by: ModerateVoter | February 14, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if we defund obama and his cronies we will be a heck of a lot better off. The health bill will be a great start

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if we defund obama and his cronies we will be a heck of a lot better off.

Posted by: vageorge | February 14, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

De-fund the department of Education, planned parenthood, National Public Radio (NPR), and the 40% of our deficit monster Obamacare. Stop this administration from spending ANYTHING. Do not raise the debt ceiling. Open up our oil reserves and drilling to US companies only, end the ethanol insanity.

Posted by: JBfromFL | February 14, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I agree, why continue something that's a Proven Failure? Scrap it altogether, start over, or, don't replace Dept. of Ed.
at all.
We have to reform Unions or better yet, eliminate unions before we can improve education.
Then we have to get rid of the liberal Infestation in our schools.
More and more parents have Huge problem with their high school and college kids coming home complaining about the liberal agenda Forced on them from their teachers.
When you're paying through-the-nose, out of your own pocket, for a very expensive
college education for your kids-- and then
you find out the vast majority of professors are not only Liberal, but they're actively pushing their Liberal Agenda on your kids--- it leaves a very bad taste in your mouth!
Get rid of the Dept. of Education...its the problem --not the solution.
States can hire proven business leaders,
managers, CEO's, etc., to teach our kids,
especially in high school and college!
THAT'S how you get kids who are prepared for the real world, for the jobs that are out there.

Posted by: ohioan | February 14, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Disband the Department of Education. It is a total failure!!! Privatize education and get rid of the education unions.

Posted by: RogerWilliamFisher | February 14, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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