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6 May 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, May 6, 1999
1999 Ron Paul 44:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation week by expressing my appreciation for the valuable work of Americas teachers and to ask my colleagues to support two pieces of legislation I have introduced to get the government off the backs, and out of the pockets, of Americas teachers. Yesterday I introduced legislation to prohibit the expenditure of federal funds for national teacher testing or certification. A national teacher test would force all teachers to be trained in accordance with federal standards, thus dramatically increasing the Department of Educations control over the teaching profession.
1999 Ron Paul 44:2
I have also introduced the Teacher Tax Cut Act (HR 937) which provides every teacher in America with a $1,000 tax credit. The Teacher Tax Cut Act thus increases teachers salaries without raising federal expenditures. It lets Americas teachers know that the American people and the Congress respect their work. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, by raising teacher
1999 Ron Paul 44:3
Mr. Speaker, these two bills send a strong signal to Americas teachers that we in Congress are determined to encourage good people to enter and remain in the teaching profession and that we want teachers to be treated as professionals, not as Education Department functionaries. I urge my colleagues to support my legislation to prohibit the use of federal funds for national teacher testing and to give Americas teachers a $1,000 tax credit.
1999 Ron Paul 44:1 Yesterday I introduced legislation to prohibit the expenditure of federal funds for national teacher testing or certification. Ron Paul discusses this legislation in more detail in
1999 Ron Paul 44:2 I have also introduced the Teacher Tax Cut Act (HR 937). Ron Paul discussed this bill in more detail in