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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
So then, CF, what you're saying is (and I don't want to put words in your mouth, so this is in the form of a question) we shouldn't be looking to NCLB for educational successes, but instead, to be happy that through the establishment of the program, GeoB publicly called attention to the educational system and that's it?? Confused Because it seems to me from the name, that leaving no child behind would be in the area of academic achievement.

And, I don't know what conversation you and Kevin41 had, but that surplus sat where it was and was eventually spent by this president because the Congress would not allocate the money for any real necesary purposes (i.e. education, health, socical security, etc.). They sat on it until Bush could come and give it to the Iraqis! Smile

(And, msprettygirl, we're past $200 billion now. The $85 was just the first installment.) Roll Eyes

From an article I read...

Clinton hammered away Thursday on Republicans to pass education packages advocated by Democrats. The White House wants $1.75 billion to hire more teachers in public schools and reduce class sizes, and another $1 billion for teacher training. The White House also wants to underwrite school construction bonds at the local level for 6,000 schools. That measure would cost $8 billion over 5 years.

Republicans have agreed to boost education spending, but want the money to go directly to states for education priorities states set. Democrats want the federal government to dole out the funds. "They support block grants with no accountability to ensure that a single teacher will be hired or a single classroom fixed," Gephardt said. "The time has come to stop these delays, stop the foot-dragging, stop the obfuscating."

But Republicans said today they support education funding, but not control from Washington.

"Improving education is one of our top priorities," Oklahoma Republican and Conference Chairman Rep. J.C. Watts said. "However, the education debate is not about money. It is about federal versus local control of schools and our children's future. The Republican Congress simply differs with Democrats on who should control our children's education: Washington or parents and teachers."

Republicans and Democrats are also sparred Thursday over how or whether to fund school construction. The plan advocated by Democrats would require the Davis-Bacon act to apply to the construction. That law requires federal projects to pay "prevailing" wage rates which almost always means union rates. Democrats said the federal funding for school construction means the law applies. Republicans said Democrats are simply insisting on an education bill that benefits unions.

Republicans also said that Davis-Bacon will increase the overall cost of school construction. "It is what they are trying to do as part of an end-game," House Ways & Means spokesperson Greg Crist said.

Labor unions have donated $12 million to politicians during the 2000 election cycle, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. Of that money, 98 percent has gone to Democrats.

*Funny how they were supporting that states rights southern strategy bullschit and now today they want national think that a dumbazz like bush is innovative in any form or fashion....and I do not give a schit about the "better white man" game...the cold reality of things is...the state of the country now versus the 90's is indicative of what happens when you replace a Rhodes Scholar with a remedial student.....but think about it.......the right and their lackey black cons shy from academia like the plague....because facts reign supreme and rhetoric is squashed...think about it....this is a guy who told a KID that you can be a "C" student and become president.....that's the blkCONS "education president" for ya...which is befitting.......