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More Federal Dollars For Education A Certainty

August 25, 2000

Whichever candidate wins the White House, federal education spending will increase, say observers.

  • Texas Gov. George W. Bush promises $13 billion in additional education spending over five years, while Vice President Al Gore has pledged $115 extra over 10 years.
  • But an analysis by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation reveals that Gore's plan would cost $350 billion, while Bush's plan would amount to $55 billion.

"The spending has gone up remarkably," says Christopher Cross, president of the Council on Basic Education. "There's a new program for class-size reduction. There's a new program for reading. There's a new program for getting middle school kids ready for college. There's a litany of new programs."

Source: Benjamin Kepple, "Gore and Bush Agree on One Thing: Gov't Spending on Schools Must Rise," Investor's Business Daily, August 25, 2000.


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