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Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind

Fact Number Nine: No Child Left Behind provides more resources to schools.

Because of the reforms implemented by No Child Left Behind, President Bush and Congress are now investing more in education than at any point in history.

In Fiscal Year 2001, the federal government provided $17.4 billion for the programs that now constitute No Child Left Behind. The Fiscal Year 2001 appropriations were signed into law by President Clinton.

In January 2002, President Bush signed the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act, which reformed many of the federal government's education programs, consolidated several programs to create more efficiency, provided new flexibility for state and local leaders to shift funds between different programs, and strengthened accountability systems to ensure that taxpayer money helps increase the achievement of all students.

After signing the No Child Left Behind reforms into law, President Bush approved the funding for Fiscal Year 2002 and dramatically increased the federal government's investment in education.

While the funding level in Fiscal Year 2001 was $17.4 billion:

  • Funding for No Child Left Behind programs in Fiscal Year 2002 was $22 billion.
  • In Fiscal Year 2003, funding rose to $23.6 billion.
  • In Fiscal Year 2004, funding increased to $24.3 billion.
  • For Fiscal Year 2005, President Bush has proposed another increase to $24.8 billion.
If President Bush's Fiscal Year 2005 budget is enacted, spending on No Child Left Behind programs will have increased 42.5 percent ($17.4 billion to $24.8 billion) since he took the oath of office. And even more importantly, those increased funds come with a renewed accountability for results.

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