Report: Federal Education Funding PlummetingEducation Federal Budget
By Allie Bidwell
Over the last five years, Congress has cut federal funding for K-12 education by nearly 20 percent, about five times more than overall spending cuts, according to a new report.
In an analysis of the federal budget released Wednesday, the bipartisan advocacy organization First Focus found federal spending that affects children – including funding aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, for housing allocated to children, and for programs targeted toward homeless youths, as well as education funding – has dropped 9.4 percent since 2011, when federal stimulus funds ran out. Overall federal spending dropped 4 percent in the same time…