Block grants

Shevitz (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 21:05:47 -0500

The recent Senate vote to block grant most education monies directly to
local school districts has serious implications for public education and
for equity related programs such as Title I, Eisenhower, Title IV (Civil
Rights Act), etc. Most programs other than special education would be
impacted. Officials at the U.S. Department of Education stated that
President Clinton would veto this measure if it is also approved in the
House and in conference committee. An editorial in the Washington Post
(September 15) also discussed a potential veto. Letters to the White House
and to Secretary Riley expressing the STRONG concern and dismay of the
education community about the impact of extensive block granting on
educational equity should be sent as soon as possible. Secretary
Richard Riley, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue
SW, Washington, DC 20202, phone 202-401-3000; fax 202-401-3093.
White House -phone 202-456-1414; fax 202-456-2883;e-mail -

Linda Shevitz, Maryland Department of Education; 410-767-0428; e-mail (home)

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