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Tennessee Summer CTE Conference “Beltway Politics on the Future of CTE” July 16, 2008 Michael Brustein, Esq. Brustein & Manasevit 3105 South Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 965-3652 www.bruman.com email@example.com Bush’s “Lame Duck” Status has Resulted in Beltway Paralysis
Michael Brustein, Esq.
Brustein & Manasevit
3105 South Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Democrats sought over $20 billion above the President’s request, and increases for education programs.
Congress could not override Presidential veto.
The final bill contains only a few key increases:
Title I: Up $1.2 billion to $14 billion;
Special Education: Up $285.5 million to $12 billion;
Pell Grants: Up $544 million to $14.2 billion;
School Improvement Grants: Up $366 million to $491 million (a 293% increase), among others
And a number of cuts:
Career and Technical Education;
Title V Innovative Programs;
Safe & Drug Free Schools;
Even Start, and others.
All of the programs in the omnibus bill received an across the board cut of 1.747% from the already agreed upon levels.
House FY09 Budget resolution:
$7.1 billion increase over the President’s request and about 9% over FY08 for “function 500” spending, (Labor, HHS and Education).
Senate FY09 Budget Resolution:
$5.4 billion over the President’s request and an 8% increase over fiscal year 2008 levels for Labor, HHS and Education).
“I’m not about to waste the time of this committee with a needless eight-month scramble over money if the president continues to stick by his original requests…. I want to work things out now or wait until a new president comes to act like an adult.” - House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI), House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Feb. 27, 2008
President Bush will reject any bill exceeding the Administration's request:
“I want to reiterate that appropriations bills that exceed the president's reasonable and responsible spending levels will be met with a veto," OMB Director Jim Nussle told the appropriators in March.
“We are all about the same endeavor. How we arrive there is where we are going to disagree.”
-Troy Justesen, March 2008
Based on poor ratings (ineffective) for Perkins under the OMB Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART), funds should be dedicated to improving high school education through NCLB
Section 8(b) “no preclusion of other assistance”
No employee of the Federal Government shall mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this Act.
Who pays for 3rd party skills assessments?
Can tutoring be provided to “special population” students?
“Assistance may only be provided to an individual to the extent it is needed to address barriers to the individual’s successful participation in CTE.”-Congressional Record H5807 (7/25/06)
“Special populations may need direct assistance to be able to participate successfully in CTE. These supportive services include such services as transportation, child care, dependent care, tuition, books, supplies, etc.”
-Congressional Record H5806
104.513 Activities of Vocational Education Student Organizations
(b) An integral part of vocational instructional:
(2) Field or laboratory work incident to the vocational training; or
(1) Lodging, feeding, conveying, or furnishing transportation to conventions or other forms of social assemblage;
(3) Cost of non-instructional activities such as athletic, social, or recreational events;
(4) Printing and disseminating non-instructional newsletters;
(6) Payment of membership dues.
“Risk Never Sleeps”
Bottom line: More internal control findings!
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