NEWS

a division of Home School Legal Defense Association
December 1, 1999

Education Spending Package Approved

On November 30, 1999, President Bill Clinton signed the omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2000, which includes $35.7 billion in funding for federal education programs. The House of Representatives approved the bill on November 18 and the Senate passed the package November 19.

The chart below compares FY 1999 and FY 2000 funding levels for some key programs that contain provisions for the participation of private school students or teachers.

Funding Levels (in millions)
PROGRAMFY 1999FY 2000
Bilingual Education $224.0 $248.0
Capital Expenses $24.0 $12.0
Class Size Reduction $1,200.0 $1,300.0
Education Technology (part A) $125.0 $158.7
Eisenhower Professional Development $335.0 $335.0
Goals 2000 $491.0 $491.0
Reading and Literacy Grants $260.0 $260.0
Safe and Drug Free Schools (total) $566.0 $605.8
Special Education (total) $5,334.1 $6,036.6
Teacher Training in Technology $75.0 $75.0
Technology Literacy Challenge Fund $425.0 $425.0
Title I (total) $8,426.9 $8,678.9
Title VI $375.0 $380.0

The spending plan calls for a 0.38 percent across-the-board cut, which will reduce the total education appropriation by $112 million, bringing it to $35.6 billion. However, the Department of Education has discretion on how it will distribute the cut, so the above figures are subject to change.

HSLDA opposes all federal spending on education. However, this fiscal package is a step in the right direction, since it reduces federal education spending for the first time in years. The Goals 2000 repeal remained intact in the final bill.