[eDebate] Ans: "But it's not THAT many casualties"
Tue Jul 22 10:53:16 CDT 2003
Um, hello, see below...
1) Socialized Health Care
Nope...he favors rolling back part of Bush's tax cuts to increase coverage
of the uninsured young and poor and providing the option to small businesses
to buy-into the federal government's private health system. His plan is
actually LESS ambitious and LESS costly than Gephart's
2) Increased Federalization of Education
WHAT??? Dean is CRITICAL of federal standards and supports providing states
with more funding to experiment with their own innovative approaches to
improving public education.
Dean has pointed to several examples of real problems with the No Child Left
Behind Act. According to recent news accounts, Texas officials lowered third
grade reading standards to avoid schools being labeled in need of
improvement under the law. According to news reports Des Moines educators
are frustrated because the money they had to set aside for No Child Left
Behind's reporting requirements could have been used to avoid some teacher
layoffs as a result of $7 million in budget cuts.
"The No Child Left Behind Act has been a disaster for students, parents and
teachers in Iowa and across the country," Dean said. "The President promised
better schools. Instead, he has delivered more paperwork, lower standards
and higher property taxes as state and local governments scramble to comply
with this unfunded federal mandate."
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