Impact of Just-Enacted Cuts Becomes Clear
|Date Posted: March 4, 2011|
One of the biggest guessing games among Washington, DC education and reporters and lobbyists over the past week has been exactly which programs and earmarks were terminated in the temporary continuing resolution just enacted by Congress. The bill, which buys two more weeks for House and Senate leaders to negotiate a compromise over funding for what’s left of fiscal year 2011, contains over $4 billion in cuts as a down-payment on deficit reduction.
But Congress has not issued an official list of the cuts, and many are obscured by opaque legislative language. So there have been frantic email exchanges across the city among interested parties trying to nail down the details.
Several big cuts were evident from the start: Even Start, Striving Readers, LEAP, and Smaller Learning Communities. (We clued you in on these in our Monday alert, entitled “Proposed CR Would Make $4 Billion in Cuts.”)
Now many of the smaller, more obscure cuts have become evident. All of those listed below represent direct grants to organizations named in the legislation -- the classic definition of “earmarks.” It should be noted that many of the organizations suffering cuts have others sources of funding and are by no means going out of business.
- Arts in Education
- Advance Credentialing (a project of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards)
- National Writing Project
- Reading is Fundamental, Inc.
- Special Olympics
- Teach for America
- Close-Up Fellowships
- Exchanges with Historic Whaling and Trading Partners
- Tribally controlled postsecondary and career and technical institutions
- We the People
- Cooperative Education Exchange
- Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inc.,
- New Leaders for New Schools, Inc.
- Strengthening Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving Institutions (HEA Title III)
- Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program
- B.J.Stupak Olympic Scholarships
The Education Department has just issued an official spreadsheet identifying the impact of the cuts, under the column entitled “2011 March 18 CR Annualized.”
For those who wonder about the impact of the full-year CR passed in mid-February by House Republicans -- that is, the one that proposes $61 billion in cuts -- you can view the damage under the column labeled “2011 CR HR 1.”