FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 2, 1999 CONTACT: Media Relations Department at 202-467-4999 _______________________________________________________________
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." ______________________________________________________________
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" ------------------ PFAW Press Releases -- http://www.pfaw.org/news/
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