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Your Boy Bush
Apr 6, 2006

I am a Ohio Health teacher, and since you are a huge Bush fan, I thought you may enjoy reading this.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: March 28, 2006 Celeste

Congress Must Reject Proposed Education Cuts

Budget Proposal Underfunds Ohio Public Schools By More Than $2.3 Billion

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- The Bush administration's budget proposal for 2006-07 includes a $2.3 billion shortfall for Ohio's public schools and completely eliminates funding for safe and drug-free school programs, vocational education and educational technology state grants.

President Bush's proposed budget represents the largest cut for public schools proposed by any President in the last 19 years. If enacted, it would be the biggest cut to federal education spending in the 27-year existence of the Department of Education.

"The Administration's 2007 budget request, which cuts funding to programs designed to help many of Ohio's most vulnerable students, totally fails to provide our public schools with resources needed to help all students succeed in the classroom," says NEA President Reg Weaver. "These cuts and funding shortfalls run counter to the Administration's own rhetoric about education and leaves students without the help they need."

The proposed Bush budget eliminates grants for vocational education, curtailing the efforts of over 620,000 Ohio youngsters to join the state's workforce. Educational technology grants would be eliminated, having a negative impact on over 275,000 Ohio students. The President is proposing total elimination of federal funding for safe and drug-free schools.

The Bush proposal includes a $968 million shortfall in Head Start funding, leaving out 110,000 Ohio youngsters who are eligible for the program. Over 70,000 Ohio college students won't get Pell Grants for tuition since that program will be underfunded by $258 million.

Even the President's own highly touted No Child Left Behind Act is underfunded by more than $514 million in Ohio alone, leaving tens of thousands of youngsters behind.

"There's always talk about members of Congress bringing home financial support for their state," says NEA's Weaver. "Now we'll see if that includes Ohio's children or only campaign contributors. The Administration didn't look after the needs of Ohio's children. The Ohio congressional delegation will have to take on that job."

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing

2.7 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

Mike Director of Communications and Marketing Ohio Education Association

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Mike,

Can't say I'm surprised. After all, Dubya needs cash for his misguided war and his tax cuts for the wealthy. It is a bit ironic that he's even screwing Ohio, since yours is the state that put the bozo back in office, right? Karma can be a real bitch, can't it? So with Ohio Congressman Bob Ney probably on the way to the slammer with fellow slimeball Abramoff and Dubya's incompetence now plainly visible to anyone who isn't headless, any chance you Ohioans have learned how to vote yet???

Dr. Bob


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