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The Safe and Drug-Free Schools
and Communities Act:
Reauthorization and Appropriations
The 107th Congress considered and approved reauthorization legislation to
amend and extend through FY20071 the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
(ESEA) and the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA). The
ESEA (and, therefore, the SDFSCA) is likely to be considered for reauthorization in
the 110th Congress.
Most Recent Developments
For FY2008, the President requested $324.2 million for the program - $100
million for state grants, and $224.2 million for national programs (see "Possible
Reauthorization Issues," below, for the Administration's reauthorization proposals).
For FY2007, the President requested $216.0 million for the program that would fund
the national programs component only. The President did not request funding for the
state grant component (see the discussion below). The House Appropriations
Committee, however, recommended $526.0 million, including $310 million for state
grants (H.R. 5647), and the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $492.5
million, which also includes $310 million for the state grant program (S. 3708). For
FY2006, Congress appropriated $568.8 million2 for the SDFSC program. This figure
includes $346.5 million for state grants and $222.3 million for national programs.
The program continues to operate at FY2006 levels under a continuing resolution
through February 15, 2007.
This report discusses the 107th Congress SDFSCA reauthorization and
appropriations to fund the SDFSC program. For background information about the
program, see CRS Report RL30482, The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and
Communities Program: Background and Context.
1 The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) states that "The authorization
appropriations for, or duration of, an applicable program shall be automatically extended for
one additional fiscal year unless Congress, in the regular session that ends prior to the
beginning of the terminal fiscal year of such authorization or duration, has passed legislation
that becomes law and extends or repeals the authorization of such program." (20 USC
1226a). This means that the ESEA's reauthorization is automatically extended through
2 This figure reflects a 1% across-the-board rescission required by P.L. 109-148.
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