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Jerry P. Becker

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PFAM Response to Bush's Voucher Plan
Posted: Sep 4, 1999 12:26 PM
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PRESS RELEASE -- People For the American Way
http://www.pfaw.org/news/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 2, 1999
CONTACT: Media Relations Department at 202-467-4999
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BUSH'S NATIONAL VOUCHER PROPOSAL VICTIMIZES THE NATION'S
POOR CHILDREN, IMPERILS REFORMS IN NEEDIEST SCHOOLS

A draconian proposal by GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush to
strip needy schools of federal funding earmarked for poor children
marks a radical departure from America's historic commitment to
educating all its children, People For the American Way charged
today. The Bush plan just unveiled in California would victimize
millions of poor children who depend on those struggling schools for
their education.

"Underneath all the sweet talk, Bush's proposal is a hard-hearted
outrage to every American who cares about educating our neediest
children," said Carole Shields, People For the American Way's
president. "If this is Bush's idea of compassion, I can't image how
he defines cruelty."

The nation's neediest public schools receive a total of $7.7 billion
under the federal Title I program to educate the nation's poorest
children. By further impoverishing these schools, Bush's plan could
toll the death knell for education reform efforts now underway,
People For the American Way warned.

"It's ridiculous to think we can make struggling schools better by
making them poorer," Shields said. "For proof, just look at
California - where years of draining away resources have transformed
the public schools from the best in the nation to some of the worst.
Bush's proposal would recreate California's mistakes all over the
nation - and make our children pay the price."
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FEDERAL TITLE I PAYMENTS TO HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS IN
SELECTED CITIES*

NEW YORK STATE
New York City $ 439,605,057
Buffalo $ 30,595,250

FLORIDA
Miami $ 78,806,512
Jacksonville $ 18,389,803
Pensacola $ 9,935,084
Tampa $ 22,768,624
Orlando $ 16,147,938
St. Petersburg $ 13,950,834

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles $ 322,233,493

ILLINOIS
Chicago $ 197,023,185

TEXAS
San Antonio $ 51,188,228
Dallas $ 54,937,903
Houston $ 98,007,546

WASHINGTON, D.C. $ 21,806,582

* SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education "FY 1998 Title I Allocations
to States for School Year 1998-99"
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PFAW Press Releases -- http://www.pfaw.org/news/

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu






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