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July 2005 Newsletter: Support for New "Strengthen Our Schools" Initiative

Location: Washington DC

July 2005


Support for New "Strengthen Our Schools" Initiative

This month I announced support for a new agenda to strengthen America's schools, the Strengthen Our Schools (SOS) initiative, which is part of the House Democrats' New Partnership for America's Future. Democrats in the House of Representatives put forward specific, positive steps to promote opportunity by strengthening our schools, including boosting college opportunity and affordability, and improving teacher quality. Democrats are also in favor of fully funding key education laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Republicans in Congress have failed to live up to their promises and turned their backs on the needs of America's schools, students, parents and teachers. Not only will the Strengthen Our Schools initiative address the broken promises, but it will take our schools into the 21st century-- creating public-private partnerships, modernizing our schools, and expanding preschool opportunities.

As an educator and former President of the San Diego School Board, I am deeply committed to providing a quality education for each and every child in our nation.



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