MALONEY SUPPORTS EDUCATION REFORM IN BI-PARTISAN HOUSE VOTE FOR H.R. 1
WASHINGTON: "This bill delivers for New York's kids and for young people around the nation, and that's the top priority," said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) - a former teacher - of her vote tonight in favor of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) authorization bill (H.R.1).
Maloney continued: "I fault the Republican leadership for blocking school construction and class-size reduction amendments, but that's not reason enough to reject the education reforms included in this bill. I believe those amendments would dramatically improve education for students across the country, and starting tomorrow, I'll be fighting for them in the halls of Congress and on the floor of the House of Representatives, but when an opportunity arises to pass significant reform, you've got to go for it."
"As a former teacher, I know first hand the impact of the federal government on our education system. This legislation maintains and preserves many of the advances of the last reauthorization of ESEA including preserving the assistance for State Education reform, preserving Title I's targeting of resources to high poverty school districts and schools, and doubling the funding over a 5 year period. I am happy to see that this legislation maintains the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and invests in funding for disadvantaged children. And this legislation also reauthorizes the Woman's Educational Equity Act. There is nothing more important to our children's future than the quality of public education and this bill is a strong beginning for education reform."
The estimated allocations to New York under selected programs in the bill for Fiscal Year 2002 include:
Title I, Part A: $1,195,000,000
Reading First: $54,000,000
Even Start: $24,000,000
Migratory Children: $10,000,000
Comprehensive School Reform: $24,000,000
Teacher Quality: $278,000,000
Limited English Proficient: $60,000,000
Innovative Programs: $27,000,000
Safe Schools: $36,000,000
21st Century Schools: $71,000,000