House May Move on Education Jobs Fund This Week

The House is expected to vote on the Supplemental Appropriations Act this week. There will be two votes – one on the war funding and one on the package of additions/offsets to the Senate bill. The bill contains $10 billion for education jobs and $4.95 billion for Pell grants. In order to pay for these provisions, $12 billion in rescissions must be made including $800 million in education funding:

  • $100 million from FY 10 funding for the Public Charter School program (ESEA Title V, Part B, Subpart 1), reducing funding from $256 million to $156 million
  • $200 million combined from both FY 10 and ARRA funds for the Teacher Incentive Fund, reducing the combined FY 10 and ARRA funding from $600 million to $400 million
  • $500 million from ARRA funds for the Race to the Top program, reducing available funding from $3.4 billion to $2.9 billion

However, the bill still faces opposition from Republican members. House Minority Leader Boehner has said, “We’ve heard all kinds of rumors about how it might be considered, but we are not going to facilitate the passing of tens of billions of dollars of wasteful government spending on the backs of our kids.”

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