The $56 billion that President Bush has proposed in federal funding for education in 2008 is a small portion of the $2.9 trillion spending plan he sent to a Democratic Congress on Feb. 5. Overall, the president has proposed a big increase in military spending, including billions more to fight the war in Iraq, while squeezing the rest of government to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in five years.

Bush's spending plan would make his first-term tax cuts permanent, at a cost of $1.6 trillion over 10 years. He is seeking $78 billion...

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