What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Vote to Provide Public Tax-Dollars to Private Schools to Create Special Education Programs for Disabled Students. (2003 house Roll Call 151)
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H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Vote to Provide Public Tax-Dollars to Private Schools to Create Special Education Programs for Disabled Students.
house Roll Call 151     Apr 30, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

During debate on reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), Congressman DeMint (RSC) proposed an amendment that would have provided states with federal money to set up programs for children with disabilities to attend private schools. Progressives opposed the DeMint amendment because in their view, public schools, not private schools, should be the recipients of public taxpayers money. While public schools must hold open meetings and make their test scores, dropout rates, and other basic information public, private schools are not subject to similar oversight. Private schools, then, are not publicly accountable for providing disabled students a quality education and, in the view of progressives, should not receive public money. A majority opposed the DeMint amendment and the measure was defeated on a 182-240 vote.

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