President Bush may propose eliminating funds next year for two popular programs that help needy students prepare for college, in an effort to finance an expansion of his signature No Child Left Behind law to high-school students, higher-education advocates told The Chronicle last week.
The college-access programs, Upward Bound and Talent Search, have a combined budget of $460-million and serve a total of about 455,000 students and veterans. While Mr. Bush's proposal will not be certain until he releases his 2006 budget in early February, reports of the potential cuts have alarmed advocates of Upward Bound and Talent Search, which are part of the federal TRIO programs for disadvantaged students.
"These are popular, successful programs," Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the American Council on Education, said of Upward Bound and Talent Search. "We'd be deeply reluctant to trade them in for an untried replacement."Slice:
Of course, successful programs like Upwardbound and Talent Search don't have the cash to fund shills in the media to lobby to keep them alive.