Analysis of Bush’s Education Budget Request

February 7, 2008

President George W. Bush submitted his eighth and final budget request to the Congress on Monday. Under the proposal, fiscal year 2009 discretionary spending—spending subject to annual appropriations—would be at the same level as in the prior year for domestic programs and agencies not involved in homeland security efforts. The budget request for the Department of Education fits this general theme. Fiscal year 2009 discretionary spending at the Department of Education would total $59.2 billion, the same level of funding provided in 2008.


Unanswered Questions on Bush's Higher Education Budget

February 5, 2008

Hold on to your seats. Yesterday was Budget Day in the nation's capital (oh-boy!), and Higher Ed Watch has some friendly questions for the Bush administration about its Fiscal Year 2009 spending plans:

10 Questions on the Bush Education Budget Request

February 4, 2008


1) The administration proposes increasing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title I grants to school districts by 2.9 percent, essentially an increase matching inflation. It also proposes redirecting a greater proportion of Title I funds to high schools. Does this mean that school districts will have to cut Title I funding for K-8 schools, since districts will effectively receive the same level of funding as in the previous year? How will this affect the student achievement in grades 3 through 8?

Student Loans in the Coming Bush Budget: Don't Get Spun

February 1, 2008

Lobbyists who represent Sallie Mae, Nelnet, and the rest of the student loan industry are anxiously awaiting the arrival of President Bush's Fiscal Year 2009 Budget on Monday morning. Last year, Congress cut taxpayer subsidies to banks that make government-guaranteed student loans and put those savings into lower-cost loans and bigger Pell Grants for students.

Roundup: Week of January 28 - February 1

February 1, 2008

PHEAA May Pay $15 Million For 9.5% Loan Payments

Subprime Mess Reaches Higher Ed

January 31, 2008

Policymakers and journalists, don't be fooled by the Career College Association's spin. Sallie Mae's decision last week to stop engaging in subprime student lending at some of the most scandal-ridden chains of for-profit colleges is good news for low-income and working class students, not bad.

The Bush Education Budget Legacy

  • By
  • Heather Rieman,
  • Jason Delisle,
  • Lindsey Luebchow,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2008

Next week, President George W. Bush will submit his eighth and final budget request to the Congress. How has he fared with respect to education budget proposals thus far?



January 30, 2008

In Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius's Democratic response to President Bushs final State of the Union Speech Monday night, she touted a new law to reduce the costs of college loans as one of the major accomplishments of the new Democratic Majority in Congress.

Turning up the Heat on Endowments

January 29, 2008

As the old adage goes, you reap what you sow. For many years colleges and university endowments, which receive very advantageous government tax breaks, have grown at extraordinary rates. Now, two high-powered senators are starting to ask questions about just what these wealthy institutions have been doing with their funds. While we applaud Congress efforts, we are afraid that too much of a focus by the Senators on tuition, rather than low-income student access, could lead to more improperly tilted financial aid policies and an increasingly bifurcated educational system.

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