Interesting article in The New York Times this morning about the stimulus plan that is working its way through Congress and the amount of money earmarked for education: “Stimulus Plan Would Provide Flood of Aid to Education.”
The plan targets $150 billion in federal spending over a two-year period, reaching programs from Head Start to college. Here’s from the article:
The proposed emergency expenditures on nearly every realm of education, including school renovation, special education, Head Start and grants to needy college students, would amount to the largest increase in federal aid since Washington began to spend significantly on education after World War II.
Critics and supporters alike said that by its sheer scope, the measure could profoundly change the federal government’s role in education, which has traditionally been the responsibility of state and local government.