What’s in store for schools in president’s budget

As previewed in the State of the Union, President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget urges big investment for education.

Overall, the request increases the U.S. Department of Education budget by $1.7 billion or 2.5 percent, according to the federal education department.

The money wouldn’t go to formula aids like Title I. But the budget has a targeted focus on improving teacher quality, from grants for professional development and tenure reform, to money to improve college training programs.

Some of the highlights include:

  • $25 billion stimulus for states to prevent teacher layoffs
  • $30 billion for school buildings
  • $5 billion competitive-grant program for teacher quality initiatives (merit pay, tenure reform, professional development)
  • $2.5 billion for Effective Teachers and Leaders State grants
  •  $150 million for Investing in Innovation
  •  $850 million for Race to the Top
  • $2.5 billion Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program
  • $5 billion in competitive funding to support states reforms on teachers

To read the full summary, go to the federal education department website.

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