During tough economic times the government has to make difficult decisions on whether or not to cut funding or to raise taxes. Look at any government budget proposal and you’ll see congressmen and senators quarreling over what gets cut and if taxes should be raised. It seems every time a budget proposal hits the floor it isn’t until the final hour that both sides agree on a budget. Programs like the military spending, Medicaid and Medicare dominate the federal budget, but others like education also make up a good chunk of the budget.
Currently the federal education budget is $68.1 billion and there are several players influencing this budget and the overall educational system in the United States. Here are five powerful groups you may not know are shaping the U.S. educational system.