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House Rejects School Choice

Wednesday, 23 May 2001 12:00 AM

The amendments, sponsored by Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas, would have established a nationwide school choice program or would have allowed local governments to establish pilot voucher programs for failing government schools.

"School choice should be at the heart of the debate on education reform," said Armey, the House majority leader. "It's the least we can do for disadvantaged children seeking a quality education."

But the House voted down the voucher plan 273 to 155 and defeated the pilot proposal 241 to 186.

President Bush drafted an original education reform bill that included a voucher program, but a committee pared the language out. Armey failed to add the language in Wednesday's vote. Despite the defeat that conservatives suffered on the voucher issue, the education bill seems to have support in Congress.

Rep. Cal Dooley, D-Calif., called the legislation "truly bipartisan education reform."

The version of the bill headed toward passage in the House spends more than Republicans would like on failing government schools: a full $11.5 billion dedicated toward "Title I" education programs for disadvantaged children next year alone, up from $8.5 billion this year. But it also contains the increased accountability provisions Bush wants that require states to conduct mandatory reading and math tests for all students in grades 3-8.

The Senate is considering its own education bill, which will ultimately be combined with the House bill. The Senate version authorizes even more spending on government schools and also excludes Bush's voucher plan.

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