Bush's Budget

NEA's analysis of the President's FY '06 budget request compares the President's budget to the prior year and to the authorized level. The budget reduces overall education funding by nearly 1 percent below last year's level and is a more pronounced decline when compared to the authorized level.

The President's budget cuts the overall education budget for the first time in over a decade and proposes to eliminate funding for 48 programs including vocational education, state technology grants and the Safe and Drug Free Schools program.

Most of the money that was gained by eliminating programs went for increases to Title I ($603 million) and IDEA ($508 million), though these amounts are considerably less than the levels authorized for these programs. The remaining funds went to extending the "No Child Left Behind" program into the high schools and the proposed program for merit pay for teachers.