Bewildered by the Budget? We Can Work It Out.

15 Feb 2011 |

Education Week has got your back if you want more info on the state of federal funding for Promise Neighborhoods and other education programs. This article highlights some of President Obama’s proposals for Fiscal Year 2012, including $150 million for Promise Neighborhoods.

It also gets into the plan proposed by the Republicans in the House of Representatives, which would eliminate funding for Promise Neighborhoods and make other big cuts throughout the Department of Education, to be effective till Fiscal Year 2011 ends on Sept 30. Ouch!

Both years’ budgets are being negotiated right now, and there’s not much agreement so far.

Confused? We don’t blame you!

Obama reins in budget, but bets big on education

Nothing will happen with the FY 2011 budget till March 4 at the earliest, which is when the current Continuing Resolution will expire. But since the House Republicans have proposed such a sharply-cut budget, it is very unlikely to be passed by both the House and the Senate. So we still probably won’t know much after March 4; be prepared for some other kind of continuance!

There is some hope in Obama’s proposed FY 2012 budget for Promise Neighborhood. Here’s the news from Education Week:

“Promise Neighborhoods, a program aimed at helping communities create comprehensive support systems modeled on the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, would get $150 million, a $140 million boost over current funding levels. And the 21st Century Community Learning Centers would get an extra $100 million, or $1.3 billion.”

That “$140 million boost” they mention is the difference between the $10 million currently available for planning grants for Promise Neighborhoods and the $150 million Obama’s asking for FY 2012. It is less than the $210 million allocated in FY 2010, but, in an otherwise tightened budget, shows Obama is keeping the focus on our communities.

We’ll keep you updated on the budget process on our Federal Policy Updates page, so stay connected and we’ll figure it out together.

What do you think of Obama’s FY 2012 budget proposal? What about the House Republicans’ plan for FY 2011? Let us know in the comments!