Monday, February 9, 2009

We're Going To Conference

The U.S. Senate approved its version of the federal stimulus bill. As always, the New America Foundation's Ed Money Watch blog comes through with a detailed summary of the Senate bill - and how it compares to the House version.

Big changes made by the Senate include: the elimination of all increases in school construction funding (what happened to the "shovel ready" mantra?), Teacher Incentive Fund dollars, Impact Aid, and statewide data systems funding; the halving of the increase in HEA's Teacher Quality Partnership Grants; a halving of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund increase; a significant reduction in the increase for higher education facilities construction; and a slight trimming of Title I funding.

Although the education community is arguing over comparative crumbs in the overall stimulus package, this ought to be an interesting conference committee.

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