Fails to Pass Education Savings and School Excellence Permanence Act
For Immediate Release.
September 9, 2002 Just
days into the new school year, children across America were already
being “left behind” when the House of Representatives failed to pass
on September 4, 2002, the Education Savings and School
Excellence Permanence Act of 2002 (H.R.5203).
For those investing in
education savings accounts, the measure would have made permanent education
tax relief enacted last year as part of the $1.35 trillion tax relief
package signed into law by President Bush.
would have increased the annual contribution of education savings accounts
from $500 to $2,000, expanding for students in kindergarten through
twelfth grade those savings accounts benefits to cover expenses at public,
private and religious schools. Also, for employer-provided higher education
assistance, it would have extended the tax-free status.
of the measure cited mounting budget deficits as a reason to defeat
the legislation. Yet the House continues to wastefully spend
hard working American taxpayer dollars for a pay raise for the fourth
straight year, increasing their salaries about $5,000 as well as for
pork barrel spending projects, all in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans worried about their job security
and the stock market volatility continue to tighten their budgets as
Washington inflates its pocketbook.
the federal government became involved in education, the academic performance
of America’s school children has continually declined.
For example, on national reading tests almost 40 percent of America’s
fourth graders read below the basic level.
Compared with students in 18 other countries, the nation’s twelfth
graders rank last on international tests in advanced physics. Before taking regular courses, one-third of
all incoming college freshmen have to enroll in a remedial reading,
writing, or mathematics class. And
nationally for low-income inner city fourth-graders, 58 percent cannot
read at the basic level.
educational record is nothing to write home about,” said Dr. Joel P.
Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy. “It is time for the politicians in Washington
to stop following the status-quo and stop fighting the American parents
who know best the educational needs of their children. Congress needs to empower parents with educational
legislation that promotes school choice. This is how the students of America can achieve world-class status
and academic excellence. Average
Americans in these unstable economic times need educational tax relief
so they can meet their children’s academic needs, for they are not fortunate
enough to give themselves a $5,000 pay raise as their representatives
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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