WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., pulled a $1.2 trillion spending bill off the floor of the Senate this week, extra money for K-12 public schools went with it ? at least for now, according to an analysis by Education Week.

Facing a showdown over earmarks, Reid pulled the measure on Thursday, according to Education Week. The bill covered the majority of federal government programs, including education. Within it was a second round of money for “Investing in Innovation,” a grant program intended to scale up promising school practices, as well as a new fund to improve early childhood education, the report said. Those may never be funded if incoming conservative lawmakers carry through on a pledge to curtail federal spending, according to Education Week.

Federal funding for K-12 programs now is likely to be flat for another year, although advocates had pushed for more Title I money for disadvantaged children as well as increased special education funds, Education Week reported.

The Senate may instead pass a short-term extension bill that funds programs at current levels until new lawmakers take their seats, according to the report.

Education Week, “Senate Pulls Spending Bill with Money for Early Ed, i3,” Dec. 17, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “How School Funding Works: Myths About Michigan’s Foundation Allowance,” May 12, 2010