What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H.R. 438. Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers/Protest Vote Against Republican Tactics of Failing to Provide the Level of Education Funding Authorized by Congress. (2003 house Roll Call 337)
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H.R. 438. Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers/Protest Vote Against Republican Tactics of Failing to Provide the Level of Education Funding Authorized by Congress.
house Roll Call 337     Jul 09, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In an effort to attract quality teachers to high schools in poor neighborhoods, legislation was proposed which would help pay the student loans of college-educated high school teachers if those teachers worked in underfunded schools. While both Republicans and Democrats supported the goal of the bill, Progressives supported a higher level of funding than was authorized in the legislation. Progressives also voted against the rule governing debate on the bill, the subject of this vote, to display their dissatisfaction with past Republican tactics of authorizing large sums of money for education but failing to deliver that money in the form of an appropriation. President Bush's No Child Left Behind initiative, Progressives pointed out, continues to be underfunded by over $8 billion. In the view of Progressives, this strategy of failing to deliver the education funding authorized by Congress was an underhanded attempt to deceive the American public. Despite the show of force from Progressives, Republicans were able to pass the rule on a vote of 230-192 and the legislation was adopted later in the day by an overwhelming 417-7 margin.

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