Head Start & Pell Grants Spared, Research & Literacy Programs Face Deep Cuts

More details about how the budget deal affects education and research have emerged. Overall, the budget for the Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services Departments will be cut by $5.5-billion, a 3.4-percent reduction over the previous fiscal year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Pell Grants and Head Start have been spared, but funds were slashed for global exchange programs which send students to study aboard and for foreign language study. Scientific research programs also saw their budgets significantly decreased.

EdWeek‘s Politics K-12 blog lists the specific cuts. These programs have been eliminated:

  • Educational Technology State Grants—$100 million.
  • Literacy Through School Libraries—$19 million.
  • Byrd Honors Scholarship Program—$42 million.

These program have had their funding significantly decreased:

  • School Improvement Grants would be funded at $536 million, a $10 million cut.
  • Teaching American History would be cut by $73 million. The program is now financed at $119 million, so that’s pretty significant.
  • The GEARUP and TRIO college access programs also would be cut. GEARUP, which got $323 million in fiscal year 2010, would lose $20 million. And TRIO, which got $910 million last year, would lose $25 million.

While Pell Grants have been maintained at the same level as previously (the maximum grant remains $5,550), the bill eliminates year-round Pell Grants. 

The budget deal a;sp cuts $35 million—a 5.5 percent reduction—for global-exchange programs that fund American students and scholars to study overseas, and international scholars to visit the US. Programs for foreign language study saw their budgets slashed by a whopping 40 percent; such programs include university-based National Resource Centers and Language Resource Centers (not good to me personally—I teach in a foreign language department at a New Jersey college).

The Head Start program, which House Republicans had sought to cut by $1 billion receiveda $340 million increase, to $7.57 billion. The budget deal also provides $700 million for a new round of Race to the Top, which is to include a new initiative for early childhood education.

Overall, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will lose $260-million, and the National Science Foundation will lose $53-million. Career- and technical-education programs’ budgets will lose $138-million.

An annual study issued on Tuesday by the World Economic Forum has found that the US is lagging in using technology, and the cuts to research and education are certainly not going to help. For the second year in a row, the US the United States finished fifth in the study’s comparison of 138 countries whichmake up 98.8 percent of the world’s total gross domestic product. Sweden came in first, followed by Singapore, Finland and Switzerland.


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Catherine A.
Cat A6 years ago

thank you for the dollar amounts. It is incredible how many lives are affected by this...

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

It's sickening, isn't it? I have to bite my tongue, there is so much to say about how disgusting this situation is, but I don't know if anyone wants a rant...

Our kids deserve better than this.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

The scurrilous GOP have ridden in again on their death device; the congressional majority. They have spoken loud and clear and, over and over again as to what their real agenda is. Support Wall Street, kill those on main street. Why do so many middle class in this country continue to rally their support around a morally corrupt governing body who do nothing but shoot poison spears at those of us who are the backbone of this society? Why support a minority of voices who have the money but would not have the power were it not for the support of those who gain nothing but who also throw there countrymen under the bus in an effort to align themselves with the immoral. It sickens me to realize we have so many in this country who are politically ignorant and will vote against their own self interests repeatedly. I am ashamed of what the GOP represents and that they stand as our 'elected' leaders in this country. Again, to all the Independents, Progressives, apathetics, and, disallusioned; get out and vote your conscience in 2012 and do not let this runaway train with the GOP onboard, crush us with their immoral agenda. It is time for a peaceful revolution. Look at what is happening in Wisconsin and the huge support they garnered through the rest of the country and many countries overseas. We can accomplish, we can overcome. Let's work for the good of this country.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

As usual the most vulnerable suffer while the most rich and powerful amass even more wealth and power at the expense ofothers. I hope they rot in all of their ill gotten gain and that their children and children's children choke on the silver spoons they were born with in their greedy mouths.

Janice A.
Janice Adams6 years ago

Anyone who votes for these people again must be out of their minds. To have your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews lose the ability to be educated properly should be everyones concern. There is a generation of people who will grow up ignorant and only good for grunt labor. There is a whole generation of minds who will never know their full potential. The future looks bleak indeed. No more innovation, no more leaders, just a lot of sheep being led to the slaughter.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl Bresney6 years ago

Time to bar the door and stay vigilant to what matters most; human life should always rise above profit.

We are founed on certain truths to be self evident, unalienable rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. To secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the "consent" of the governed. The question is who gave these corporate lackeys consent to destroy our most vulnerable Americans?

Ad Du
Ad Du6 years ago

Help is on the way, Professor Chew.

World-class textbook, 18.95 USD. I suppose there are (many ?!) others like that:


Incomparably above (current) "standards".


Carole Cherne
Carole Cherne6 years ago

Once again, children, those with special needs and the poor are sacrificed at the altar of the very rich and powerful. What have we become?

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Why do the weak always have to be the first to be neglected?