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Obama budget would prioritize integration, flat fund key programs

from Education Week

President Barack Obama's final budget blueprint seeks new money to help schools become more socioeconomically integrated, and proposes increases for the administration's long-time priorities, including expanding preschool and helping school districts scale up promising practices. But the spending plan, which is unlikely to be adopted wholesale by a GOP-controlled Congress, would essentially flat-fund programs that nearly all school districts depend on to educate students in special education and disadvantaged students. And it asks for a modest boost overall for the U.S. Department of Education — $69.4 billion in discretionary funding, or a 1.9 percent increase over current levels. more


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