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 Article of Interest - Education Funding

National PTA Delivers Education Funding Message to White House and Congress
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More than 1,000 postcards represent the country's PTA's members urging federal assistance to America's public schools

Washington, DC (September 24, 2002) - National PTA delivered more than 1,000 postcards to the White House, Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, urging them to fully fund quality public education.

Through these postcards, which were collected at National PTA's annual convention and are representative of the countless more mailed directly to the nation's leaders, parents from across the country are urging the President and congressional leaders to provide the funding desperately needed for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the recently enacted No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA).

National PTA's message is simple. We ask our leaders to:
* Provide $2.5 billion in mandatory funding for IDEA
* Add at least $6.5 billion to NCLBA to meet the authorized levels
* Oppose vouchers and education tax subsidies

National PTA applauds congressional leaders for their efforts to make education a high priority and to support improved student achievement and increased accountability, but critical resources are needed to help states and schools meet the requirements set forth in IDEA and NCLBA.

National PTA is sending a message from this country's parents that Congress needs to keep its promise and commitment to provide its share of the funds needed for the education and services for children with special needs. National PTA's message also emphasizes that vouchers and education tax subsidies do no nothing to improve public schools. Instead, they divert federal funds that could otherwise be used to adequately fund public schools.

A sustained national commitment to increase federal spending for education is more critical than ever for strengthening our nation's economy and ensuring a quality education for all students.

With more than 6 million members, National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1897, National PTA has prided itself in being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in National PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information about National PTA, visit or call (800) 307-4PTA (4782).

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