The Obama administration has proposed cutting 12 programs from the Department of Education's budget, for a savings of $550.7 million. By contrast, in his fiscal year 2009 budget, President George W. Bush sought to scrap 47 Education Department programs (such as Even Start, and EdTech state grants) for a potential savings of $3.3 billion. But, as then-President Bush discovered, proposing those cuts and actually getting Congress to go along are two different things.
Let's look at the programs on the chopping block this time around. Notice that the department plans to keep many of the concepts of these programs (like character education) but absorb them into other programs.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities State Grants $294.8
Even Start 66.5
College Access Challenge Grant Program 66.0
Civic Education 33.5
Character Education 11.9
Ready to Teach 10.7
Javits Gifted and Talented Education 7.5
National Institute for Literacy 6.5
Academies for American History and Civics 1.9
Close Up Fellowships 1.9
Foundations for Learning 1.0