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NEW EDUCATION POLL SHOWS EDUCATION AND DEFENSE AS TOP SPENDING PRIORITIES

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"The trend is unmistakable. What is needed now is a conscious, bipartisan effort to restore momentum and balance to the nation's quest for opportunity for all its people. Lacking this, we may awaken some day from our understandable preoccupation with national security to find ourselves a nation more divided, less equal-and therefore less secure-than before."

According to a recent poll two-thirds (66 percent) of the American public would accept a larger deficit in order to provide improved education for students from kindergarten through college. The poll, commissioned by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and conducted by Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs, surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide by telephone between Feb. 1 and Feb. 3.

Poll participants placed greater education spending just behind spending for the war on terrorism, which came in at 78 percent. When questioned about other domestic issues such as increased spending to stimulate the economy (62 percent) and making tax cuts permanent (39 percent), the respondents offered much less support.

Complete poll results

Education and Homeland Security Go Hand-in-Hand:

 

In its report Rights at Risk: Equality in an Age of Terrorism, the Citizen’s Commission on Civil Rights addresses the Bush Administration record, along with the last two years of the Clinton Administration, on a range of civil rights issues. The report concludes that inequality among the American public could prove as much a threat to our national security as any foe overseas:

“The trend is unmistakable. What is needed now is a conscious, bipartisan effort to restore momentum and balance to the nation’s quest for opportunity for all its people. Lacking this, we may awaken some day from our understandable preoccupation with national security to find ourselves a nation more divided, less equal-and therefore less secure-than before.”

The report also describes a conflict between President Bush and his colleagues in the Republican party. It notes that the President appears to have a genuine concern for disparate groups of people and in ending the “soft bigotry of low expectations” among poor children and children of color.

However, the report comments that the President’s stance appears to be in “stark contrast to the declared agenda of the core of his political party” and observes that the majority of Republican-sponsored legislation aims at increasing, not reducing the gap between the haves and have-nots.

Complete report

 

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