Budget

Sorting Out the Stimulus

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As Senate and President Obama offer details on their packages, Republicans question whether spending on education and aid to states will stimulate economy.

The Senate Weighs In

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Spending panel proposes $1 billion increase for NIH but would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050.

Good Money After ... Mediocre?

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As House passes stimulus bill, experts on college access and affordability question recent policy approaches that economic package would reinforce.

Downturn in Federal Research Spending

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New U.S. data show agencies' spending on R&D declined in 2008 and that funds for basic studies have fallen by average of nearly 2 percent a year since 2004.

Facilities Fund Struck From Stimulus Compromise (Update)

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Separate pool of money for college renovations seemingly dropped in final version, but state education aid would grow to $54 billion and some could be used for buildings.

Dissecting Obama's Message

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WASHINGTON -- Is it feasible for every American to have at least one year of postsecondary education or training? What would have to happen to make that possible? Would federal financial aid and other policies need to change? Would the distribution of students among different kinds of colleges have to change?

The Post-Bush Budget

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Rather than fight with the ex-president, Congressional Democrats put off 2009 budget to this year. House spending plan shows why, promising new funds for education and other social programs.

Obama's Budget Blockbuster

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The 2010 budget blueprint released by the Obama administration Thursday was decidedly bare bones, lacking detailed numbers for most federal programs and clocking in at about one-tenth the normal number of pages of explanatory material. But while the administration's proposal might have skimped on specifics, its proposal for the Education Department had no shortage of blockbuster ideas that, taken together, would begin to radically transform federal higher education programs.

Plenty of Pork

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As White House defends itself against cries of hypocrisy, colleges prepare to benefit from hundreds of millions in earmarked projects from lawmakers.

Funding Science, Smartly

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As House appropriators examine boom in federal research money and foresee more, they weigh priorities and techniques for avoiding mistakes of the past.

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