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President Bush’s Continued Commitment to Education: 2008 Budget Good News for Utah's Children

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President Bush’s Continued Commitment to Education 2008 20 08 Bud get Good News for Utah's Childr en  The President’s FY 2008 Education Budget builds on the progress of the last six years, focusing on reform and results. It will strengthen and help reauthorize the the No Child Left Behind Act , prepare high school students for success through rigorous and advanced coursework and enable millions of young Americans to afford college. The $56 billion Education Budget Bud get invests wisely on the priorities of our students, schools and taxpayers. Highlig hts o f the President’s FY 2008 2008 Budget Proposal 

More Resources Resources for Schools No Child Left Behind Act  ($24  ($24.5 .5 billi on)—up 41% sin ce 2001  2001  To promote high standards, accountability, and ensure that all students can read and do math at grade level or better by 2014.  ($13.9 billion )—$1. )—$1.2 2 bill ion incr ease—up ease—up 59% sinc e 2001 2001   Title I Program ($13.9 To help students in high-poverty schools make greater academic progress, closing the achievement gap with their peers. High schools will enjoy a significant funding increase, ensuring a fairer distribution of resources.  Title I School Improvement Grants Program ($500 million) To help States restructure, restaff and reform chronically underperforming schools while aiding ai ding their students.   Am  Ameri eri can Compet Com pet itiv it ivenes enes s Init In itiat iativ ive e ($365 mil li on ) To increase rigor in our schools by strengthening math, science, and foreign language instruction. 

More Resour Resour ces for Parents Promise Scholarships ($25 ($250 0 million) and Opportunity Scholarships ($50 ($50 million) Scholarships will provide low-income students trapped in troubled schools greater options such as iintensive ntensive tutoring or attending another public, charter or private school of their choice.  

More Resour Resour ces for Teachers to Clos e the Achievement Gap   Reading First and Early Reading First Programs ($1.1 billion) and Striving Readers ($100 million) To strengthen and expand Reading First, helping helpi ng more than 1.8 million students learn to read by grade three through proven instructional methods. Striving Readers provides targeted, intensive instruction to get struggling st students udents in grades 6-12 back on track.  

More Resources for Higher Education ($15.4 billion )—up 76% since 2001  Pell Grant Progr am ($15.4 To increase the maximum Pell Grant award by $550 to $4,600, the largest growth in three decades, benefiting 5.5 million recipients. An additional 1.1 million students have received Pell Pell Grants since 2001. 

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Increases federal education funding in Utah to $861.7 million— 68.80% more since the President took office. Provides $119.5 million to help Utah implement the reforms of No Child Left Behind. Increases Title I funding to $62.8 million—$24.4 million over 2001 levels—to help Utah's neediest children. Increases Special Education Grants for Utah to $105.7 million—$40.9 million mil lion over 2001 levels. Provides $173.8 million in Federal Pell Grants to help ensure a college colleg e education for Utah students who otherwise might not be able to afford one. Provides Utah with $418 million in i n funding for new Federal Student Loans that ensure greater access to a college education for more young people. Provides access to $5.8 million in Reading First funding to ensure that every child in Utah learns to read by the third grade. Provides $18 million to attract and retain highly qualified teachers in Utah's classrooms. Provides $5.3 million for annual assessments so every mom and dad in Utah will know how well their chi children ldren are learning and where they need improvement. i mprovement. Provides $3.5 million to support students in Utah who are learning the English language. Source: U.S.

Department of Education Budget Service. All dollar amounts are estimates as of 2/2/07. For more information about the No Child Left Behind Act, please visit www.ed.gov. 

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