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House Spending Panel Keeps Educational R&D Boost Intact

In case you missed it, the full House appropriations committee voted late last week to keep mostly intact a healthy increase for federal education research and development in the Labor-HHS spending bill. In her blog, Politics K-12, my colleague Alyson Klein notes that the committee boosted research and development for education to $199.2 million for the coming fiscal year. "That's a $32 million increase over fiscal year 2009," she writes, "but not quite as high as the $224.2 million the Obama administration wanted."

A good source for all the nitty-gritty details on the committee's actions with regard to federal education research programs is the KNOWLEDGE-able Source, a weekly blog published by the Knowledge Alliance, a Washington-based group that lobbies on behalf of a wide range of research organizations. Here's a link to the alliance's handy chart, which shows current funding levels, the President's budget request, and the committee mark-up levels for the programs that are its priorities.

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will also be reporting more details on the mark-up later today. Next stop for the spending bill: the House floor.

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