Friday, February 11, 2005

AAUW: Bush Budget Guts Education for Families

From the American Assn of University Women....

"When President Bush released his proposed Fiscal Year 2006 budget on Monday, AAUW was deeply disappointed to see it contained the first cut in overall federal education spending in a decade. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) would receive $12 billion less than was promised. Forty-eight education programs would be terminated under the proposed budget, including those providing college-readiness training to low-income high school students, federal vocational education initiatives, and programs under the Women's Educational Equity Act.

AAUW is concerned about the president's priorities in these lean budget times: he is proposing to cut education funding for working families while at the same time extending tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. AAUW strongly believes that women and girls from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, age and disability backgrounds should have a fair, equal, and meaningful opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.

Tell Congress that the president's educational priorities are not your priorities, and ask them to fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act, provide a meaningful increase in college aid for working families, and support training and vocational programs that prepare workers for the 21st century economy.

Action: Send an email urging your Representative to oppose a fiscally irresponsible budget that guts education and other critical social programs."

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