FY11 budget details: a mixed bag for education

Research institutions also would suffer a setback. The National Science Foundation would undergo a $53 million cut.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which fund critical medical research, would absorb a $260 million cut, less than 1 percent of the NIH budget, instead of the $1.6 billion cut sought by House Republicans.

The budget also would cut $25 million from federal TRIO programs, which identify and offer services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Teacher Incentive Fund will remain stable at $400 million—the same as FY10 levels.

Funding for the Striving Readers program was eliminated, but FY10 funds are still available to the program.

In addition to EETT and Striving Readers, other programs that will receive no FY11 funds include Javits gifted and talented education, grants for Gulf Coast schools, the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program, Smaller Learning Communities, and national earmarks such as Teach for America and the National Writing Project.

The LEAP Program provides grants to states to help them offer need-based grants and community service work-study assistance to eligible postsecondary students.

However, the bill includes a new 1 percent competitive set-aside as part of the Teacher Quality State Grants program. Groups such as Teach For America and the National Writing Project will be eligible to compete for those funds.

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