Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act Introduced

Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, introduced H.R. 1891, the Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act.  This is the first of what is expected to be as many as five bills seeking to rewrite parts of the No Child Left Behind law. It would cut 43 of 80 K-12 programs from the Department of Education (ED) budget. In introducing the bill, Representative Hunter pointed out that “approximately one-third of American fourth graders can’t read.” Yet H.R. 1891 would cut Striving Readers, Even Start Family Literacy Program, National Writing Project, Improving Literacy Through School Libraries, Reading is Fundamental, and Early Reading First. Many of these programs had been selected for consolidation by ED, yet Representative Hunter’s bill would eliminate them completely. Fifteen of the targeted programs had never been funded or had not been funded in recent years.   To see a list of the 43 programs, view the summary.

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