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“SAVING NOW AND SAVING LATER”: United States Loses $5.6 Billion Providing College Remediation, According to New Alliance Brief: Remedial education—courses designed for postsecondary students on basic skills that they did not master in high school—costs the United States an estimated $5.6 billion, according to a new brief by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES FY 2011 FINAL SPENDING TOTALS: 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.
MORE SPENDING CUTS COMING?: House Republicans Release Draft FY12 Spending Allocations: Total discretionary federal spending would fall by approximately $30 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 compared to FY 2011 under spending allocations announced on May 11 by the House Appropriations Committee.
ESEA PRECURSOR?: Hunter Introduces Bill to Eliminiate Forty-Three Federal Education Programs: On May 13, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, introduced new legislation that would eliminate forty-three federal education programs, including Striving Readers, Smaller Learning Communities, High School Graduation Initiative, and Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed-Tech).
PUBLIC SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND DROPOUTS: NCES Report Pegs National Graduation Rate at 75.5 Percent for 2008–09 School Year: The estimated national high school graduation rate for the 2008–09 school year was 75.5 percent, up from 74.7 the year before, according to a new report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The report, Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008–09, finds that high school graduation rates ranged from a high of 90.7 percent in Wisconsin to a low of 56.3 percent in Nevada.