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Concern has grown considerably among California residents about the consequences of spending cuts on kindergarten through 12th grade schools, according an annual public opinion survey on education by the Public Policy Institute of California. Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO, summarizes the key findings of the April 2010 statewide survey.

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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee turned down efforts on Thursday to increase funding for the Teacher Incentive Fund by an extra $100 million but approved a bill that will be financing the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal year 2010.

The Teacher Incentive Fund is a teacher-performance-pay program that is currently getting $97 million in funding from the government.  President Obama requested the program receive $487 million for fiscal year 2010. The U.S. House of Representatives approved $445 million of President Obama’s budget for the TIF program. The Senate committee also approved $63.45 billion for the Education Department for fiscal year 2010.

If the extra 100 million had been approved by the senate committee, it would have been paid for through federal State Grants for Improving Teacher Quality program.

Changes to Title I

Title I grants to district were approved for more funding than President Obama first proposed. Senate approved $13.8 billion for Title I grants to districts which is a significant increase compared to the amount President Obama requested, $12.9 billion to be exact.  The program is going to experience a serious cut for this up-coming 2010 fiscal year compared to fiscal 2009. The program received $14.5 billion in 2009.

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