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Education Proposals

Wednesday, October 20, 2004; Page A04

Here are the main provisions of the candidates' education plans:

Bush

• To give states more control over Head Start funds.

• To establish a $500 million Teacher Incentive Fund to reward "effective" teachers and expand standardized testing for students between grades 9 and 11.

• To increase the Pell Grant program for low-income students by 7 percent; to provide $375 million to strengthen the role of community colleges.

Kerry

• To make preschool universal and expand such programs as Head Start; to increase the child-care tax credit from $3,000 to $5,000.

• To establish a $200 billion, 10-year National Education Trust Fund to "fully fund" the No Child Left Behind Act.

• To increase the maximum level of college tuition tax credits from $1,500 to $2,500 over a four-year period, and to establish a $100 million fund to reward colleges for recruiting low-income students.


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