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Jerry P. Becker

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1999 Budget -- Education (Short Note)
Posted: Oct 29, 1998 8:16 PM
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Last week President Clinton signed into
law the omnibus spending bill (H.R. 4328) that provides fiscal
year 1999 appropriations for a number of federal agencies,
including the Department of Education. The bill includes...

* A $1.2 billion down payment for hiring 100,000 new
teachers to reduce class size in the early grades to a
national average of 18.
* $200 million to expand after-school programs.
* $260 million for a new child literacy initiative.
* $120 million for GEAR-UP, a new early college-awareness
initiative to help up to 100,000 low-income middle school
children prepare for college.
* A $114 million increase over the 1998 appropriation for
education technology, to ensure that every child has
access to computers, the Internet, high-quality
educational software, & teachers well-trained in the use
of technology in the classroom. This includes $75
million for a new initiative to help new teachers
maximize their use of technology.
* $75 million for new teacher quality programs, which will
help recruit & prepare thousands of teachers to teach in
high-poverty areas.
* $491 million for Goals 2000.
* A $10 million increase to help schools become safe,
drug-free learning environments & to help provide drug &
violence prevention coordinators in one-third of the
country's middle schools.
* A $313 million increase for Head Start.
* A 25% increase in funding for charter schools.
* Increases of $524 million to enhance educational
opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
* The largest maximum award ever for Pell grants -- $3,125
a year per eligible student.

For Secretary Riley's full statement, a table (HTML & PDF)
showing fiscal year 1999 funding levels provided in the new
appropriations bill for Department programs & activities, &
White House press releases on the budget agreement, see the
Budget News webpage:

For details on the new Class Size Initiative, please see:


Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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