In the two-plus years since the No Child Left Behind Act became law, the word "accountability" has found its way into nearly every conversation about education from Miami to Seattle.
Over the last several months, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R) has traveled throughout the state to promote his $1.2 billion tax increase. He promoted it as a way not only resolve the state's fiscal crisis, but also to shift the tax burden from the poor to the rich, and to improve public education in Alabama.
HOUSE PASSES $10 MILLION DC VOUCHER PROGRAM: Voucher Opponents Criticize Vote Timing, Set Sights on Senate Debate ArticleSeptember 22, 2003
The House passed a $10 million private school tuition grant program-vouchers-for Washington, D.C. students. The program is expected to benefit approximately 1,300 of 68,000 students in the school system.
By deciding to postpone a floor vote on the 2004 spending bill for the District of Columbia until early September, House leaders effectively put off a vote on a separate bill that would create a private-school voucher program in Washington, D.C.
Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a record $455 billion federal budget deficit for fiscal 2003. According to the Washington Post, the $455 billion deficit is "up sharply from $158 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2002."