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THE DAILY MIS-LEAD
TO AMERICA'S SCHOOLS
President Bush this week is touting his education record, claiming he has seriously increased funding for various programs. But his rhetoric is at odds with the budgets he's proposed.
In St. Louis, Bush said, "Teacher training money is up. We've increased the teacher training and recruitment budget significantly." But in his most recent budget, Bush proposed to freeze Teacher Quality State Grants - cutting off training opportunities for about 30,000 teachers, and leaving 92,000 less teachers trained than called for in his own No Child Left Behind bill.
Bush also said, "Schools need mentors. We all need to be out encouraging people to volunteer." But again, his budget proposed to eliminate all $48 million for Youth Opportunities Grants - the Department of Labor's major program to "provide youth seeking assistance in achieving academic and employment success."
Finally, Bush said, "Title I money [for disadvantaged students] is up." And while Bush did propose increasing this program by $1 billion - he proposed paying for the increase by eliminating 45 education programs and slashing another 18 for a total cut of nearly $3 billion in funding for these same disadvantaged students.
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