April 9, 2003, Extra Credit
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April 9, 2003
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Fact Checking the Washington Post's "Fact Check"
Yesterday, the Washington Post claimed that a previous edition of Extra Credit was incorrect when stating: "If President Bush's 2004 proposed education budget is enacted, Title I funding will have increased 41 percent since No Child Left Behind was signed into law."

In fact, the original Extra Credit was, and is, entirely correct.

The FY 2001 appropriations, authorized by the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and signed into law by President Clinton, provided $8.8 billion for Title I. Those appropriations were in effect via a continuing resolution on January 8, 2002, when No Child Left Behind was signed into law.

The FY 2002 appropriations bill explicitly tied increases in Title I funding to the passage of the No Child Left Behind reforms.

President Bush's FY 2004 budget proposes $12.4 billion for Title I.

Thus, when No Child Left Behind was enacted, Title I was funded at the FY 01 level of $8.8 billion. President Bush has requested $12.4 billion for next year. That's an increase of 40.909090909090909090909090909091 percent ... or 41 percent.

And that's a fact.


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NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

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