----- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
The White House website says that "The President has made education funding a priority." And on January 9, 2006, the President said, " I understand how important it is to have a public school system work really well. A vibrant America is one in which the public schools provide a avenue for success. And it's really important we have a good public school system. "
Which all sounds good and nice and popular, of course.
But here's the thing.....the President has consistently under-funded his own much-ballyhooed No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law in 2002. And for the last few years, President Bush has significantly cut the US Department of Education budget.
In his 2005-2006 federal budget, President Bush cut education programs by $2 billion. And in his latest budget, which is for the fiscal year that starts on October 1, 2006, George Bush plans to cut education programs by a whopping $4.3 billion, and to entirely eliminate 42 more programs.
Per the National Education Association, "President Bush released his budget proposal for FY07 on February 6, 2006. The President's proposal makes the largest cut to federal education funding in the 27-year history of the Education Department...."
"NEA is asking Congress to provide an increase of at least $14 billion for education in the Congressional Budget Resolution. This request would allow restoration of cuts made in FY06 and provide for essential and long-overdue increases in important education programs."
The Bush-proposed education budget cuts for 2006-2007 affect all public schools and students, but the brunt is borne by disabled and economically disadvantaged students. Curiously, Bush education budget cuts for 2006 - 2007 savage federal support for teaching of American History and Civics.
And one of the toughest blows .... and most shocking hypocrisies.... of the Bush education budget is his plan to entirely end the Perkins Loan Program, which historically has forgiven student loans for qualified teachers as inducement for them to teach in schools serving students from low-income families, students with disabilities, or in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign languages, or bilingual education.
Overall, the self-proclaimed "education" President plans to end, in 2007, another 42 educational programs, and to substantially cut four other essential, major programs.
For your quick reading, at Bush Budget Plan for 2006-07 Cuts $4.3 Billion from Education Programs, I have listed and briefly explained each of these 46 educational programs that President Bush's budget will cripple or kill, if he has his druthers.
Here's what YOU can do to stop these catastrophic cuts to elementary and high school programs: Use this link to the National Education Association website to tell your elected representatives to the House and Senate that these cuts are simply unacceptable!
Remember.... this directly affects the quality of your childrens' education.
-- Bush Budget Plan for 2006 - 2007 Cuts $4.3 Billion from Education; Ends or Cuts 46 Vital Programs