Budget Matters Blog

Category: Education

Elementary, secondary, higher and vocational education.


Ryan Pick Solidifies Competing Visions in Federal Budget Debate

If there was ever any doubt that the U.S. federal budget would claim center-stage in the 2012 presidential race, it vanished with Mitt Romney's selection of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee. Although Mitt Romney has emphasized he will run on a Romney budget, ...


The World According to U.S. Students

Last week I went to Madison, Wisconsin, to talk with students at the U.S. Students Association national conference. The USSA has a simple, powerful slogan: "Education is a right." I had the chance to talk with a small group of students about the federal budget. It was a 90 degree afternoon and these young people had been up until 4 o'clock in the morning in a legislative session, but that didn't stop them from pulling out their notebooks and asking for information about how Washington spends our tax dollars.


New Data: Title I Expenditures

Our latest dataset is Title I Education Grants. See how much your state and county received from this federal program to help improve teaching and learning in high-poverty schools.


Updated Data: Medicare Enrollments and High School Dropouts

We've updated two of our indicators to reflect the latest available published data: Medicare Enrollment: updated through 2010 High School Dropouts: updated through the 2008-2009 school year

Priorities: Yours, Mine, and the President's

I had an interesting discovery while combing through the numbers of the president's budget. I found that President Obama's spending priorities match pretty closely with the things Americans say they want. Of course the budget is complicated. But let’s say for a moment that it’s as simple as a public opinion polling question.


Data Story: Federal Work-Study and Sequestration

This data story looks at the effect of sequestration on the federal work-study program.


Data Story: Pell Grants

The Federal Priorities Database shows how the Federal Pell Grant program has recently benefitted from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e., stimulus money).


Updated Data: 38 Expenditures

38 datasets have been updated to reflect yesterday's release of the FY 2010 Consolidated Federal Funds Report, which tracks federal government expenditures or obligations.


The Scoop on the American Jobs Act of 2011

President Obama presented the American Jobs Act of 2011 on September 8th and sent it to Congress on September 12th. Want to know what it's all about? Here’s the rundown. How does it help… the unemployed? It makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed job applicants because of ...

New Data: Adult Education

We've added a new expenditure. Adult Education: grants to states that fund local programs of adult education and literacy services.