February 28, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 40 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK AND THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 40
(Extensions of Remarks - February 28, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E235] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK AND THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET _____ 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 threat. 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. ____________________