MN-02 : Kline Fighting Hard For School Funding (at least Charter School funding)

QUERY : Will the annual appropriation of $60 million for Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act survive (or thrive) after President Romney’s Day One and the Ryan Budget are enacted ?

John Kline (R-MN-02) offered a harsh assessment of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget:

Spends Too Much:
$47 trillion of government spending over the next decade

Taxes Too Much:
Raises taxes, not to pay down the debt, but to fuel more government spending

Borrows Too Much:
Four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits; no plan to reduce the debt

Budget Gimmicks & Broken Promises:
Exploits discredited budget gimmick by “not spending” nearly $1 trillion that was never going to be spent

Alternatively, Mitt Romney has his Day One, Job One agenda including The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act which immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion.

While the Ryan budget is based on cutting Pell grants by somewhat less than 19 percent while cutting other domestic discretionary programs by much more than 19 percent (this is necessary as the Ryan budget increases Defense spending {which potential-Commander-in-Chief Romney also wants}).

Thus the implication would be that with many Republicans (such as Sandy Adams (R-FL-24), Todd Akin (R-MO-02), Steve Austria (R-OH-07), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD-06), John Duncan (R-TN-02), Bob Gibbs (R-OH-18), Don Manzullo (R-IL-16), Mike Pompeo (R-KS-04), Bill Posey (R-FL-15), Reid Ribble (R-WI-08), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), David Schweikert (R-AZ-05) Steve Southerland (R-FL-02), Scott Tipton (R-CO-03), Steve Womack (R-AR-3), etc. – all indicated that they wanted to reduce the role of the Federal Government in Education), every program involving education would be questioned.
Alternatively, others in Congress are concerned with the timing of cutting federal involvement in education funding as a new report determined that States cut spending on pre-k in 2010-11 by $50 million (and $60 million after adjusting for inflation).

Hmmm … $60 million for SOAR … or provide offset revenues that States have cut ?

Overall, Chairman Kline may have expressed his concerns about the Obama budget spending too much, but he has also expressed his disappointment about one program that is not getting the funding that Chairman Kline wants — specifically, the SOAR Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and the administration’s proposal to zero out program funding for Fiscal Year 2013. Chairman Kline objects to the President’s budget that states “… the program has sufficient funds to provide private school vouchers to currently enrolled students through the 2013-2014 school year as well as to make new awards available through attrition during the time frame.”

The SOAR Act authorized an annual appropriation of $60 million for the next five years for District of Columbia education system including D.C. public charter schools. Chairman Kline has been a long-time proponent of federal dollars being used for charter schools which are many times operated by religious groups.

Yep, Romney (a 5% cut), Ryan (a 19% cut) and Kline all profess the need to cut government spending … but if a powerful Chairman has a pet project, that may survive … so if charter school funding survives, what will be cut instead ?

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