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Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S.
House of Representatives, Republican Staff
Education System Flooded with Cash, Republicans Reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- States will receive another hefty increase in federal No Child Left Behind Title I education aid later this year, despite the fact that many are still sitting on unspent Title I funds appropriated for their use as long as three and a half years ago, according to new figures released today by the House Committee on Education & the Workforce. Since No Child Left Behind was signed into law, states will have received an average increase of 42% in federal Title I aid, the report shows.
"We are pumping gas into a flooded engine," said House Education & the Workforce committee chairman John Boehner (R-OH). "The federal government has increased education spending so rapidly that many states haven't even been able to spend down the money we appropriated for them two years ago, when No Child Left Behind was first enacted."
Boehner blasted the National Education Association (NEA) for applying a different standard to President Bush than it applied to President Clinton on the topic of education funding.
"When Democrats controlled Congress and the White House, they routinely appropriated less than they technically authorized for major education programs, yet the NEA never once accused President Clinton of underfunding education," Boehner noted. "But when a Republican president moved into the White House, the NEA moved the goalposts."
According to a new report released today by the House Committee on Education & the Workforce majority staff entitled "No Child Left Behind Funding: Pumping Gas into a Flooded Engine?," states would receive another significant increase in Title I aid targeted to disadvantaged students under the House-passed FY2004 Omnibus spending bill, expected to be passed later this month by the U.S. Senate. Since the No Child Left Behind legislation was signed into law in January 2002, Title I funding will have increased by $3.6 billion once the FY2004 spending bill is signed into law, including the $1.6 billion increase in FY2002 and $1.3 billion increase in FY2003.
The report highlights the fact that increases in federal education funding are coming as states are sitting on $5.75 billion in federal education funding, including nearly $2 billion in Title I aid, from FY2000 through FY2002.
Boehner also highlighted results of a recent national survey released by Americans for Better Education showing public support for the No Child Left Behind education law remains rock-solid, particularly among African-Americans and parents with children in public schools, even after two years of false and negative attacks by education reform opponents.
"The results of this new national survey show convincingly that parents with children in public schools reject the negative rhetoric and excuses of the NEA and other education reform opponents," Boehner said. "Americans continue to support the President's call for high standards and accountability for results. Americans believe No Child Left Behind is reasonable. And the results show the President's political opponents are getting little traction from their false attacks suggesting the law is underfunded."
The national survey, which has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points, was conducted on behalf of Americans for Better Education (www.bettered.org) by The Winston Group on January 5-6, 2004. Among the poll's key findings:
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for a copy of the Americans for Better Education's poll results.
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