FY 2010 Education Funding Bill Begins To Move in the House


The House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations met on June 10, 2009, and the full House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the bill on July 14, 2009 or later that week for FY 2010.The Subcommittee version of the bill would provide a total increase for the three federal agencies combined of $5.21 billion or 3.3%, yet the total funding in the bill is $52 million less than the amount requested by President Obama for FY 2010.

The President requested a decrease in FY 2010 of $1.5 billion for ESEA Title I, Part A Grants to Local School Districts. He wanted to shift $1 billion to Title I School Improvement and $500 million for school districts to use for early childhood education through Title I funding. But the House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee in its markup of the FY 2010 bill on Friday, did not grant that request.

Instead, the Subcommittee retained the $1.5 billion in Title I Grants to Local School Districts – and its $14.5 billion baseline for School Year 2010-11. The Subcommittee also retained the Even Start family literacy program, even though the President called for its elimination.

Source: Education Legislative Services

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