By Lyndsey Layton
President Obama wants to increase discretionary spending for the Department of Education in 2015 by about 2 percent, from $67.3 billion to $68.6 billion, the largest increase of any agency besides the Department of Defense.
That’s in addition to $14.4 billion the federal government gives in formula grants to states to help educate poor children and another $11.5 billion it provides for special education. In both of those categories, funding would remain flat.
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