What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H.R. 2660. Fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Sanctions Against Under-Performing Schools If Those Schools Did Not Receive Full-Funding As Outlined by President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. (2003 house Roll Call 350)
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H.R. 2660. Fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Sanctions Against Under-Performing Schools If Those Schools Did Not Receive Full-Funding As Outlined by President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
house Roll Call 350     Jul 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

President Bush's 2001 education initiative dubbed the No Child Left Behind Act combined a variety of authorizations to increase education funding with stricter standards to assess school performances. To date, however, Congress has failed to fully-fund the No Child Left Behind Act. Consequently, schools have not been provided the level of funding promised by the president to improve students' education. Despite these funding shortfalls, provisions in the Act still allowed the administration to sanction (cut funding to) public schools that failed to meet the performance standards set forth in the Act. During consideration of the bill, Congressman Allen (D-ME) offered an amendment which would have prevented the administration from sanctioning any schools that have not been provided the level of funding that was authorized in the president's 2001 Act. In the view of Progressives, imposing penalties on schools that are denied funding to improve their teaching was unfair and they voted in favor of Allen's amendment for that reason. On a nearly party-line vote, Allen's proposal was rejected by a 199-223 margin.

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