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9 March 2000
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, March 9, 2000
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, as this is Texas Public Schools Week, I wanted to take a moment to offer my thanks to the parents and teachers of my district and those across Texas for all of their hard work to make sure our children get the best education possible. Unfortunately, Congress and the federal bureaucracy continues to strip authority away from parents, teachers and local school boards. While Congress promises the American people that expansions of federal control over local schools will create an education utopia, the fact is the federal education bureaucracy has only made educating the next generation more difficult and diverted resources away from the classroom. For example, while the federal government provides less than 10% of education funding, many school districts find that over 50% of their paperwork is generated by federal mandates. The federal government also forces local school officials to jump through numerous hoops in order to get Washington to return a ridiculously small portion of taxpayer moneys to local public schools.
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Over thirty years of centralized control of education has resulted in failure and frustrated parents. It is time for Washington to return control of the nation’s school system to the people who best know the needs of the children: local communities and parents. The key to doing so is to return control of the education dollar back to the American people.
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In order to give control of education back to the people I have introduced the Family Education Freedom Act (HR 935). This bill provides parents with a $3,000 per child tax credit for
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The Family Education Freedom Act will help parents strengthen their child’s public education. Parents may use the credit to improve schools by helping to finance the purchase of education tools such as computers or extracurricular activities such as music programs. Parents of public school students may also wish to use the credit to pay for special services for their children.
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I have also introduced the Teacher Tax Cut (HR 937), which provides a $1,000 tax credit for every teacher in America. Quality education is impossible without quality teaching. Yet, America’s teachers remain underpaid compared to other professionals. Adding insult to injury, teachers often have to use their own money to purchase supplies for their classroom. For example, according to the Association of Texas Professional Educators, many Texas teachers spent between $50–300 of their own money on school supplies during the
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Because Americas teachers are underpaid because they are overtaxed, the best way to raise teacher
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Mr. Speaker, my education agenda of returning control over the education dollar to the American people is the best way to strengthen public education. First of all, unlike plans to expand the federal education bureaucracy, my bills are free of guidelines and restrictions that dilute the actual number of dollars spent to educate a child. In addition, the money does not have to go through federal and state bureaucrats, each of whom get a cut, before it reaches the classroom. Returning power over the education dollar to the American people will also free public school teachers, administrators and principals from having to comply with numerous federal mandates. Therefore, school personnel will be able to devote their time to working with parents and other concerned citizens to make sure all children are receiving the best possible education.
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In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I once again extend my thanks to all those who are involved in the education of our nations children. I also call upon my colleagues to help strengthen public schools by returning control over the education dollar to parents and other concerned citizens, as well as raising teacher
2000 Ron Paul 16:6 the teaching profession. I have also introduced Here, the text from Ron Pauls Congressional website was used instead of the probably corrupted text from the Congressional Record, which says: the teaching professional have also introduced.
2000 Ron Paul 16:7 federal and state bureaucrats Here, the text from Ron Pauls Congressional website was used instead of the text of the Congressional Record, which says, federal and sate bureaucrats.