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Subject: Shared Sacrifice
Subject: Federal Literacy Aid Slashed as Part of Budget Deal
> Education Week's blogs > Curriculum Matters Federal Literacy Aid
> Slashed as Part of Budget Deal By Erik Robelen on March 2, 2011 9:32
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> Federal support for literacy was dealt a heavy blow today.
> This afternoon, President Barack Obama signed into law a stopgap
> spending bill that ends federal funding for several literacy programs
> at the U.S. Department of Education, part of a planned government-wide
> reduction of $4 billion. The measure also eliminated or trimmed
> spending for a variety of other education programs.
> The plan originated in the House, where Republican leaders insisted
> that cuts be part of the deal to keep the government running for two
> more weeks. Passage of the legislation buys lawmakers and the White
> House more time to negotiate on a longer-term budget plan for fiscal
> 2011. It passed the House yesterday by a vote of 335-91 and the Senate
> this morning by a vote of 91-9.
> The cuts include funding for the $250 million Striving Readers
> program, the $67 million Even Start family-literacy program, the $25
> million Reading Is Fundamental program, and the $26 million National
> Writing Project.
> To be clear, the cuts will affect funding for the current fiscal year,
> which began last October. (Yes, it's fair to say Congress is a little
> behind schedule.) For the big picture, check out my colleague Alyson
> Klein's post over at Politics K-12.
> President Obama himself has repeatedly proposed essentially
> eliminating discrete funding for these individual programs, but with
> an important caveat: He wants to replace them with a broader, more
> flexible pot of competitive dollars for what he's called the Effective
> Teaching and Learning: Literacy Fund. (He also has proposed to
> consolidate other programs into two related funds for Effective
> Teaching and Learning in STEM education and a "Well- Rounded
> Education.") Of course, the bill approved yesterday in the House,
> which was supported by nearly all Republicans and more than half of
> the chamber's Democrats, includes no such larger literacy program.
> The legislation President Obama signed today also eliminates federal
> aid for a number of other Education Department offerings, including
> the $40 million Arts in Education program, the $88 million Smaller
> Learning Communities program, and the $64 million Leveraging
> Educational Assistance Partnerships, or LEAP, program.
> One literacy program at the Education Department that was spared from
> any cuts was the $19 million Improving Literacy Through School
> Libraries program.
> Speaking of literacy and the federal government, my co-blogger here,
> Catherine, wrote earlier this week about a new guide to federal aid
> for grade-level reading proficiency. (Something tells me the guide may
> need a few tweaks after this week is over.) Catherine also wrote about
> remarks Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made this week about early
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