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Obama's K-12 Spending Would Nearly Equal Bush's Two-Term Total

Created on April 13, 2012

Obama's K-12 Spending Would Nearly Equal Bush's Two-Term Total

TOTAL: $338.1 billion


$159.6 billion

K–12 discretionary spending

$80 billion

K–12 stimulus funding

$10 billion

Teacher bailout

$55 billion

Proposed supplemental education spending

$166.9 billion

K–12 discretionary spending, first term

$171.2 billion

K–12 discretionary spending, second term


$304.6 billion



In one term, President Obama's spending on K–12 education would almost amount to President Bush's total over two terms. In addition to more discretionary spending, Obama has added $150 billion in bailout, stimulus, and proposed supplemental spending.

Note: Figures are adjusted for inflation in 2012 dollars.

Sources: “Education Department Budget by Major Program,” at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/history/edhistory.pdf (accessed April 9, 2012); Department of Education, “Summary of Discretionary Funds, FY 2008–FY 2013 President’s Budget,” at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget13/summary/appendix1.pdf (accessed April 9, 2012); and “H.R. 1586,” 111th Congress, Congressional Research Service Summary, at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR01586:@@@D&summ2=m& (accessed March 16, 2012).

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OBAMA, 2009–2012

G.W. BUSH, 2001–2008