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Murray Helps Restore Education Funding Cuts

Jul 19 2002

Senate Appropriations Committee approves funding for technology, rural education, early learning programs, increase in Pell Grants

(Washington, D.C.) – Sen. Patty Murray's Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund technology grants, rural education, and early learning programs which President Bush had sought to eliminate.

The 2003 Labor, HHS, and Education spending bill approved yesterday, not only restored many initiatives important to Washington state, but also increased funds for priorities Pell Grants, Head Start, and Teacher Quality/Class Size Reduction programs.

The federal funding will benefit many children and families across Washington state

"I am proud to have helped restore important education funding that will help children and families across the state," said Murray. "Rural education, community technology centers, and early learning programs are vital to making sure that no child in Washington is left behind. The Senate has not only restored some of the President's education cuts, but also increased funding for Head Start for young children and Pell Grants for college students. These are Washington state's priorities"

Murray fought for increased funding to help states and localities meet new mandates implemented through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Among other priorities, Senator Murray worked to increase funding to help low-income students go to college, strengthened the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program, secured education dollars for homeless students, and reduced classroom overcrowding with money to hire and train more teachers.

"We need to fund the war on terrorism," said Murray, "but we also need to invest in our children's future. Overall, the Senate bill triples the increase in education funding proposed by President Bush."

Below are funding priorities that President Bush eliminated in his budget, but were restored in the Senate bill:

Rural Education

Funded in the Senate Bill at $175 million, a $12.5 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Vocational Rehabilitation for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

Funded in the Senate Bill at $2.35 million

Title I School Improvement for Low-Performing Schools

Funded in the Senate Bill at $100 million

Parental Assistance Information Centers

Funded in the Senate Bill at $45 million, a $5 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Smaller Learning Communities

Funded in the Senate Bill at $142 million

Arts in Education

Funded in the Senate Bill at $36 million, an increase of $6 million over FY 2002 funding.

Community Technology Centers

Funded in the Senate Bill at $32.475 million

Early Learning Fund

Funded in the Senate Bill at $38 million, a $14 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

National Youth Sports

Funded in the Senate Bill at $17 million

Physical Education for Progress

Funded in the Senate Bill at $70 million, a $20 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

School Leadership Development

Funded in the Senate Bill at $15 million, a $5 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Women's Educational Equity

Funded in the Senate Bill at $3 million

PROGRAMS THAT RECEIVED INCREASED FUNDING FROM FISCAL YEAR 2002 THROUGH THE SENATE BILL:

Head Start

Senate Bill $6.87 billion, a $330 million increase over FY 2002 funding, which will serve an additional 17,000 children, half of them in Early Head Start.

Title I Aid to Disadvantaged Children

Senate Bill $11.85 billion, a $1.5 billion increase over FY 2002 funding.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Grants to States)

Senate Bill $6.07 billion, a $1 billion increase over FY 2002 funding.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Senate Bill $295 million, a $10 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Federal Pell Grants

Senate Bill $4,100 maximum award, a $100 increase in the maximum award.

Improving Teacher Quality and Reducing Class Sizes

Senate Bill $3.1 billion, a $25 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

21st Century Community Learning Ctrs (After School, Summer School Programs)

Senate Bill $1.09 billion, a $90 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

English Language Acquistion (Bilingual and Immigrant Education)

Senate Bill $740 million, a $75 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

Senate Bill $654.25 million, a $10 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Senate Bill $52 million, a $2 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Federal TRIO Program

Senate Bill $832.5 million, a $30 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries

Senate Bill $25 million, a $12.5 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Math & Science Partnerships

Senate Bill $25 million, a $12.5 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Reading First

Senate Bill $1 billion, a $100 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3)

Senate Bill $67.5 million, a $5 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Indian Education

Senate Bill $122.3 million, a $6 million increase over FY 2002 funding.

Independent Living Training Vouchers for Foster Youth

Senate Bill $60 million (funded for the first time in this bill)