House Republicans are using new figures showing $16.8 billion in unspent education funds to argue that federal education funding has increased so rapidly under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that states are having trouble spending it all. Democrats counter by saying Republican leaders are using accounting "gimmicks" to mislead the public about education financing.


According to the U.S. Department of Education's Budget Services office, states are sitting on more than half a billion dollars ($526.9 million) in unspent federal education funds appropriated during the Clinton administration, before NCLB even was enacted. States collectively have $16.8...

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