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AMERICANS WANT A LARGER FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION: Committee for Education Funding Releases New Poll

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"state and local governments simply don't have the money to meet the escalating costs of federal education requirements."

Eighty-one percent of participants in a recent poll responded that the federal government should increase funding for education programs and 85 percent of participants thought this investment should be “more than five cents of every dollar it spends.” The federal budget currently allocates only 2.8 cents on every dollar to education.

The poll, released last week by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 100 education organizations, shows that education remains a top priority for Americans. When asked to set aside spending on military efforts and homeland security and choose the most important federal spending priority this year, respondents gave precedence to education (38 percent) over prescription drug benefits for the elderly (28 percent) and tax cuts (16 percent) For education, these results mark an increase of 2 percentage points from a similar poll in January 2002.

The poll found that 80 percent of participants wanted “today’s students from preschool through college to have the same or better opportunities as previous generations.” Seventy-six percent wanted the federal government to increase its share of education funding because “state and local governments simply don’t have the money to meet the escalating costs of federal education requirements.” Specifically, 71 percent favored additional funding to help teachers and principals meet the new requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

To read more about the poll and see the complete results, visit CEF’s Web site at: http://www.cef.org/News/templates/press.asp?articleid=1186&zoneid=2

Alliance for Excellent Education Re-Launches Web SiteOn September 16, the Alliance for Excellent Education re-launched its Web site, complete with a new design, new case studies, and new facts and figures. The redesign makes the site more user-friendly by improving navigation and organization. Please visit www.all4ed.com and see the changes for yourself. We welcome comments or questions you have about the new site at alliance@all4ed.org.

A Calendar of Upcoming Conferences on High School Reform

In order to foster participation in the many upcoming conferences on high school reform and to distinguish the themes among them, the National High School Alliance has created a national calendar that includes information on the focus, audience, and registration for each meeting. The National High School Alliance is a partnership of over forty organizations representing a diverse cross-section of perspectives and approaches, but sharing a common commitment to promoting the excellence, equity, and development of high school-aged youth.

Access the calendar at: http://www.hsalliance.org/NationalCalendar.html

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