February 7, 2003

In this Issue:

1. President Bush Requests $53.1 Billion -- a 5.6 Percent Increase -- for Education Department in 2004

Source: www.ed.gov - February 3, 2003

Despite the many priorities competing for tax dollars--protecting our homeland, fighting terrorism and recovering from recession--President Bush's budget request for 2004 provides $53.1 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $2.8 billion or 5.6 percent  above his 2003 spending plan and the largest dollar increase of any domestic agency.  The 2004 request, together with his 2003 budget, builds on the substantial federal investment in education during the last six years with discretionary appropriations rising from $23 billion in fiscal year 1996 to $49.9 billion in fiscal year 2002--a growth of 117 percent...  To read the entire press release go to: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/02/02032003.html To read the President's FY 2004 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education go to: http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget04/index.html.

2. Performance and Management Assessments, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2004

Source: www.ed.gov - February 3, 2003

This Web site contains both the summaries and the worksheets used by the Office of Business and Management (OBM) to evaluate Section 619 and Part C of IDEA, among other programs.  Scan down the page to the Department of Education and follow the links provided.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2004/pma.html

3. President Bush's Plan to Prepare Children for Kindergarten

Source: www.hhs.gov - February 3, 2003

... Head Start is one of many programs that provide approximately $23 billion in federal and state funds for child care and preschool education. Through planning, training, and the regulatory process, states have the responsibility and the authority in programs other than Head Start to have a substantial impact on the type and quality of services provided, and are held accountable for the delivery of high quality programs. However, Head Start funding goes directly from the federal level to local organizations including public schools and community-based organizations, and thus cannot be easily coordinated and aligned with other early childhood services by the states

To address these two issues, the President proposes to allow interested states to coordinate preschool programs including Head Start to meet the needs of preschool children. Participating states will be asked to design a plan outlining how they will: work with the public school system to develop goals for all preschool programs in the state; identify guidelines that preschool programs can use to achieve these goals; devise an accountability system to determine whether children are achieving the goals; provide professional development for preschool teachers and administrators; and help parents provide support for children to succeed in kindergarten. In addition, states must describe how they will maintain the range of child development goals of Head Start, including the provision of social, parental, and health services in their Head Start programs...

To read the full press release about the President's proposal to improve Head Start go to: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030203.html

4. Major Symposium to Investigate Environmental Health Threats to Children and Opportunities to Translate Science into Protection

Source: NIH Press Release - February 5, 2003

A public meeting entitled "Children's Environmental Health: Identifying and Preventing Environmental Threats to Children" will be held February 24-26, 2003 at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland... To be held in the NIH's Natcher Conference Center, the meeting is sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which is a part of NIH, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  NIEHS has a wide research portfolio regarding children's environmental health including asthma and other respiratory diseases, birth defects, learning disabilities and developmental disabilities...  The goals of the Symposium are to:

  • Examine environmental health risks to children
  • Address ways to translate science into action to protect children
  • Identify research gaps and developing plans to fill them
  • Discuss ways to better communicate risk through strengthened media relations
For more information read the entire press release at http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2003/niehs-05.htm.