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Bridges4Kids LogoPresident Signs Funding Legislation
from CEC, December 2004
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On December 8, President Bush signed into law the fiscal year 2005 omnibus appropriations bill that includes funding for the Department of Education. The spending total is $920 million over last year's spending for education programs, but it is still $760 million less than the amount requested by President Bush earlier this year. The $920 million figure represents just a 1.6 percent increase in education spending over last year, which makes it the smallest increase in almost a decade.

To view complete fiscal year 2004 funding totals for all IDEA and Javits (gifted) programs and how they compare to the President's request and previous years' levels, see CEC's updated budget chart at

For other major education programs, the omnibus appropriations bill includes $12.7 billion for Title I, an increase of $400 million over last year, but still $7.8 billion less than the amount authorized in the No Child Left Behind Act and $600 million less than the President requested. The maximum Pell Grant was frozen at $4,050 for the third year in a row. To see all the fiscal year 2005 appropriations levels for every education program, visit


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