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CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND CRITICIZES PRESIDENT’S PREFERENCE FOR TAX CUTS OVER EDUCATION SPENDING

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"promises that no child will be left behind are mocked by tax and budget deeds which leave millions of children but no millionaire behind."

In its action guide, What You Need to Know and Do to Truly Leave No Child Behind, released earlier this year, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) argues that spending on education is an afterthought in President Bush’s budget. In an examination of the President’s fiscal 2004 budget, the report notes that the President’s plan proposes “35 times more for tax cuts for the wealthy than for increases in education” and would increase the federal debt “by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years.”

In the foreword to the report, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman takes the Bush administration to task on its fiscal 2004 budget and its propensity to favor tax cuts over increases for education programs. Edelman claims that “promises that no child will be left behind are mocked by tax and budget deeds which leave millions of children but no millionaire behind.”

The report highlights a new bill, the “Act to Leave No Child Behind” that argues for a more comprehensive approach to legislation affecting children. The bill, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) in the House and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) in the Senate would not only affect education programs, but it would work in conjunction with other federal programs, including nutrition and juvenile justice programs, to give each and every child a safe, fair, and healthy start in life.

Read the entire report at: http://www.cdfactioncouncil.org/2003_ActionGuide.pdf

Rankings and Estimates: NEA Report Examines Education Spending

A report by the National Education Association, Rankings & Estimates: Rankings of the States 2002 and Estimates of School Statistics 2003, indicates a lack of financial commitment to education across the nation. Increased enrollments and numerous federal mandates are not matched with investments. As evidence, the report gives a state-by-state account of per pupil expenditures, teacher salaries and federal monies.

According to the report, the U.S. economy grew faster in 1999-2000 then did the revenues per student in K-12 education. For example, total personal income increased 8 percent, but revenue per K-12 student increased only 2.3 percent. Per pupil spending for the 2001-2002 school year rose only 3.5 percent, to an average of $7,548. The average U.S. public school teacher salary rose 3 percent for the 2001-2002 school year and only 2.4 percent in constant dollars over the entire decade, and only 0.2 percent per year when the cost of living is factored in.

Read the complete report at: http://www.nea.org/newsreleases/2003/nr030521.html

 

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