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February 09, 2009

Obama: Education Money Must Come With Reform

As Congress is poised to spend at least $80 billion on education programs—and possibly much more—President Barack Obama said that more money for schools must be followed by more reform.

February 09, 2009

Updated: Moderates' Amendment Scales Back Some Education Spending

The Senate's original bill would have provided between $120 billion and $140 billion for education. The amendment would dial that back to about $80 billion.

February 06, 2009

Possible Senate Deal on Stimulus

Rumor has it that, compared with the original Senate version, the deal now on the table would sizably scale back increases to education.

February 05, 2009

Moderate Plan Would Slash Education Funding

I've heard from folks up on the Hill that an amendment to be introduced by Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, could significantly scale back the nearly $140 billion education funding in the Senate's version of the proposed economic stimulus package. The items targeted include at...

February 03, 2009

UPDATED: Obama to 2nd Graders: What Does S-T-I-M-U-L-U-S Spell?

President Obama continued his pitch for the economic stimulus package today, even as the Senate debates the future of this mega-billion-dollar package. His audience this afternoon, in addition to the media, was a class of 2nd graders at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington. (This, by th...

February 03, 2009

Senators Tussle Over the Stimulus Funds

It's a busy day on the North side of the Capitol. The Senate is debating its $888 billion version of the economic stimulus package, with an eye towards passing it by the end of the week and getting it to President Barack Obama for his signature And former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.C., pulled himself ...

January 30, 2009

Harkin Responds to Criticism of Senate Stimulus

Is the Senate stimulus anti-ed reform? Mike Petrilli thinks so, but Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who oversees the subcommittee that crafts education spending bills, indicates that's not the case. The bill doesn't include the $200 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund grants, $250 million for state d...

January 28, 2009

House Passes Stimulus With No GOP Support

The House of Representatives just passed its version of the stimulus package, which would provide some $120 billion for education programs, by a vote of 244-188. There weren't any significant changes to the education provisions in the bill, a Democratic congressional staffer told me. We wrote about ...

January 28, 2009

Miller on the Stimulus

As the House of Representatives debated the $825 billion stimulus measure, which members are expected to vote on tonight, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, held a conference call with reporters to talk about the money for education in the stimulus...

January 27, 2009

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Stimulus

The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved some $125 billion on education programs as part of a mammoth $825 billion economic stimulus package. The bill was approved on a 21-9 vote, with some more moderate Republicans crossing over to vote with the Democrats. Other GOP lawmakers, however, ...

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