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Dec. 13th, 2003

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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:December 14th, 2003 01:16 am (UTC)
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Has Kucinich given any indication on how he will address the fact that money is the primary factor in education equality? I see stuff about rebuilding infrastructure, but from what I've read, that just one of the symptoms.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 14th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC)
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There are a number of spending priorities that he lists in his education issues page. He explains where he'll get the money without having to raise taxes. He explains how much he'll spend on various programs. The two big programs are pre-kindergarten and infrastructure. He explains that he is opposed to the voucher system which wuold be a net drain of funds from public schools.

Money spent on infrastructure will help offset the money that states have to spend in that area and make more money available for other aspects of education. As far as I'm concerned, a nationwide net influx of money into the educational system can only be a good thing. It'd probably be useful to look at the details of HR935 to find out what other kinds of funding it provides.

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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:December 15th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
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I saw the education issue, but I was hoping for specific information on how to address the funding inequity issue. Any idea how much nationalization has been discussed? I would think that would be the only way to address the state-by-state inequities in funding and might have the same advantages as the single-payer universal health plan.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 15th, 2003 10:34 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you and I suspect that Kucinich would as well. Again there's pragmatic issues and issues of just how much power the president has and what is within his domain. I think the exact form that an education reform package would take will depend on a lot of factors and research. It is another area in which I am not an expert.
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