Slice from the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Although President Bush has consistently praised community colleges, including as recently as his State of the Union address last week, the budget he released this week provided them with a mixed message about where they stand among the administration's priorities.
In one part of the spending plan for 2006, the president called for abolishing the $1.33-billion Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education program, which gives some $400-million annually to community colleges to train students from low-income families for jobs. In addition, he proposed slashing funds for adult education and literacy by 63 percent, to $215-million.
But in another area of the budget, the president proposed $125-million in new funds to support community colleges' dual-enrollment programs, which allow high-school students to take college-level courses for credit. He also put into the spending plan his $250-million proposal from last year for community colleges to train workers for high-growth fields like health care and information technology.
The bottom line would be a net loss in federal funds for community colleges, lobbyists say.
Does this sound like someone that wants to leave no child behind?