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Increase in federal funds needed to assure kids get quality education

Posted: Friday, November 28, 2003

As a member of the local PTA, I would like to bring attention to a national drive called "five cents makes sense."

Schools in our communities are facing numerous challenges in trying to provide high quality educational opportunities for all students. The federal government must fulfill its responsibility to America's children. A significant increase in federal funds for education is needed to assure that all children receive the support they need to achieve high academic standards.

Federal funds also are needed to recruit and train highly qualified teachers for every classroom and to help states and school districts implement the school reforms that will lead to improved achievement for all students.

PTA members and other concerned voters across the country are joining a campaign to secure increased federal investment in education. Right now, less than two cents of every federal dollar is spent on U.S. Department of Education programs for elementary and secondary schools.

We urge the Congress to strengthen its commitment to public education by raising this investment to at least five cents on the dollar. Policy makers must listen to the American people and dedicate resources so every public school can be an effective public school.

Join the members of the national PTA who are telling Congress that "five cents makes sense for education."

Send your letters of support to President Bush, Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, and Rep Don Young.

Lisa Groleske

Soldotna



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