[Extensions of Remarks]
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                       HON. JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, February 28, 2020

  Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Res. 
862: 2020 Public Schools Week.
  I was disgusted when President Trump referred to ``failing government 
schools,'' during his State of the Union Address.
  President Trump is wrong.
  First of all, we call them public schools.
  Today there are more than 50 million kids educated in public schools. 
Ensuring that our nation's kids are receiving the education they 
deserve no matter their ability, race, wealth, language, country or 
origin or needs.
  As a former public school teacher, I know firsthand public schools 
play for students futures and the future of our country.
  Yet, this administration continues to put public schools under 
  And now the President plans to divert $5 million away from public 
schools to private school voucher programs, as well as turn funding for 
Every Student Succeeds Act into a block grant program.
  We must continue to support our public schools and those that attend 
them this week and every week.