Bob Dole Stands on K-12 Education
Are Spending More on Education and Getting Less
Bob Dole is a strong believer in America's public education system. He, his
wife and his daughter were educated in public schools. But today, too many
public schools have been taken over by an education monopoly that fails to give
our children the skills they need to compete in our global economy.
Two out of every three 17-year-olds do not know that World War II was fought
sometime between 1900 and 1950, according to a study by the National Assessment
of Educational Progress. The study also reports that 20 percent of high school
seniors are functionally illiterate.
Just throwing money at the problem is not the answer. In the past 30 years,
per-pupil spending on education has doubled, yet average SAT scores have
dropped over 50 points.
Bob Dole Will Empower Low- and Middle-Income
Parents With School Choice
As President, Bob Dole will create Opportunity Scholarships for Children, a
federal, state and local effort to give four million low- and middle-income
families the ability to select the best schools for their children.
- Opportunity Scholarships
for Children will be funded annually with $2.5 billion in federal funds.
Four-year competitive grants will be awarded to children from low- and
middle-income families in up to 15 states, including the District of
Columbia. States will match the federal contribution.
- Opportunity Scholarships
will be at least $1,000 for kindergarten and grade school students and at
least $1,500 for high school students. These scholarships could be larger
with the added support from non-federal sources.
- Families can use these
scholarships to send their children to any lawfully operating school --
public, private or religious -- that chooses to participate. Scholarship
funds will be used to pay tuition, school fees and other reasonable
- This program will help fund
scholarships for more than four million children -- nearly 10 percent of
all children in elementary and secondary schools.
- This new $2.5 billion
federal commitment to America's children is budget neutral and will not
increase the federal deficit. The funding offsets include reducing the
Department of Education overhead, bureaucracy and wasteful spending.
Bill Clinton Fights for His Political
Supporters -- Not Our Children
Bill Clinton's opposes school choice because he puts the interests of the
educational establishment -- and of his party's political contributors --
above the interests of our children. Clinton has continually fought school
choice because he and his Democratic colleagues received $2.2 million from
the movement's biggest opponent -- the National Education Association
(NEA) -- during the 1992 campaign. That is 17 times more money than they
gave to Republicans.
In an address to the NEA before the election, Bill Clinton said that if he
became President, "you will be my partners. I won't [make] education
decisions that you're not a part of making. I won't forget the people that
brought me to the White House."
Since then, Bill Clinton has done everything in his power to kill the
school choice movement. Even when Bob Dole tried to pass a modest
school-choice bill for the District of Columbia to help low-income
families send their children to decent schools, Bill Clinton opposed it.
Meanwhile, he sends his daughter to one of the most expensive private
schools in Washington.
Bill Clinton is on the side of education's providers -- the teacher's
unions, the bureaucrats and everyone else who wants to fight for the
status quo. Bob Dole is on the side of education consumers -- the parents
and the children.
A Better America
In Bob Dole's America, low- and middle-income parents will be given a real
choice in education so that all American children have an equal
opportunity to achieve their dreams.
opportunities. Smaller government. Stronger and safer families
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