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Congress cuts education funding for FY11 by $1.25 billion
(posted 05/17/11)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will receive $45.4 billion in discretionary federal funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 based on the spending plan that ED submitted to Congress last week. Compared to the previous year, this amount represents a cut of $1.25 billion, or 2.7 percent. Excluding the 0.2 percent across-the-board cut to every program, forty-seven education programs were cut and another thirty-eight were eliminated. Four programs received an increase.

Signed into law on April 15, the long-term continuing resolution (CR) for FY 2011 gave federal agencies wide authority over the final spending levels for programs within their jurisdiction, unless a program was specifically mentioned in the text of the CR. Federal agencies were given thirty days after April 15 to submit their spending plans to Congress.

The only programs to receive an increase under the plan are Race to the Top, which will receive $698.6 million; Investing in Innovation (i3), which will receive $149.7 million; Promise Neighborhoods, which will receive $29.9 million - an increase of $19.9 million; and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, which will receive $200,000.

Among the programs eliminated were Educational Technology State Grants ($100 million), Smaller Learning Communities ($88 million), and the National Writing Project ($26 million). Literacy programs were hit especially hard as funding was eliminated for Striving Readers ($200 million), Even Start ($66 million), and Literacy Through School Libraries ($19 million).

Programs cut beyond the 0.2 percent across-the-board cut include the School Improvement Grants program, which targets the nation's lowest-performing schools; the High School Graduation Initiative; Statewide Data Systems; Career and Technical Education; GEAR UP and TRIO; Improving Teacher Quality State Grants; and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Funding levels for all education programs are available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget11/11action.pdf.

The first salvo in the FY 12 Budget negotiations has been fired:
(posted 04/05/11)
House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan (R–WI) released materials for FY 12 Budget Resolution today. Click here for a comparison to the President's FY12 Budget. Overall, non-security discretionary spending would be cut BELOW FY08 levels and frozen at that level for five years.

To download "Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2012" as a single PDF click here (216 pages, 4.1 MB)

Download the 2012 Department of Education budget (pdf) here

CEF outlines the cuts under proposed program cuts which includes the 38 that the administration proposes for the CR for Fiscal year 2011.
If the Senate concurs with the House negotiated deal of Friday 2/24, America's public schools will see the first of actual cuts for FY 11
Download Education Program Cuts and Eliminations in HR 1, FY 11 Continuing Resolution(pdf) here

Chairman Rogers Outlines Subcommittee Spending Cuts for Fiscal Year 2011
*The allocation for Labor-HHS-Ed is a 4% cut from FY10, which is less than that for almost every other subcommittee and less than the 9% overall cut to domestic programs. We still do not know the overall cut for each department or program, so ED may still be cut by more than 4% as could individual programs.
- LaRuth Gray

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the release by the Budget Committee of the overall spending limit for the fiscal year 2011 Continuing Resolution, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced spending cut levels for each of the twelve Appropriations subcommittees. These cuts will save American taxpayers $74 billion compared to the President's fiscal year 2011 request and will help fulfill the commitment laid out in the Republican "Pledge to America" to cut spending to the pre-stimulus, pre-bailout funding levels of 2008.

The statement by Chairman Rogers follows:

"The Budget Committee today outlined a responsible and prudent level of funding for the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2011. This top-line level will provide for significant spending reductions in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), while allowing us to meet our commitment outlined in the Pledge to America to reduce non-security discretionary spending to the pre-stimulus and pre-bailout non-security funding levels of 2008.

"The Appropriations Committee will not only craft legislation that will meet the budget committee's non-security discretionary total of $58 billion, but go even further to find savings in virtually every area of the federal government, reducing spending from the President's fiscal year 2011 request by a total of $74 billion.

"To accomplish this goal, I am instructing each of the twelve Appropriations subcommittees to produce specific, substantive and comprehensive spending cuts. We are going go line by line to weed out and eliminate unnecessary, wasteful, or excess spending — and produce legislation that will represent the largest series of spending reductions in the history of Congress. These cuts will not be easy, they will be broad and deep, they will affect every Congressional district, but they are necessary and long overdue.

"With this CR, we will respond to the millions of Americans who have called on this Congress to rein in spending and help our economy grow and our businesses create jobs. It is my intention –and that of my Committee — to craft a responsible, judicious CR that will significantly reduce government spending, begin to get our nation's finances in order so that the economy can thrive, and provide essential resources for our national security."

The following table outlines the spending limits and cuts announced by Chairman Rogers for each Appropriations Subcommittee for the CR: Fiscal2011 (Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/)

Democratic, Republican and the President's actions on the FY12 Budget

The House Republican Policy Committee has split with Rep. Paul Ryan on the size of the budget cut for the current year and the future. They want to cut $100 billion from the continuing resolution when it comes up compared to Ryan's $60 million proposal. They also want to revert back to budget levels of FY 2006 rather than FY 2008 when developing the FY 2012 budget. The House vote on budget levels is to be held on next Tuesday, January 25 prior to the President's State of the Union speech. Reminder the President's FY 2012 budget proposal will be released in mid-February.