Some school-district officials support an education-spending bill being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives that would boost funding for programs such as Title I and special education. A competing bill in the Senate would not increase money for those programs, instead continuing the competitive grant programs that are part of the Obama administration's reform agenda. Others, including the National Education Association, see benefits to both proposals. "We think that both bills have really important pluses that we would like to see merged into one bill," NEA official Mary Kusler said.

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