June 18, 1990 |
Several hundred student leaders from America's predominantly black colleges and universities held a rally across the street from the White House to urge President Bush and Congress to increase federal aid to education and "develop a national agenda for confronting racism."
April 22, 1991 |
Education Secretary Lamar Alexander said Sunday he favors extending the school day and school year by making the additional time optional and charging parents for the extra instruction. That's how it works in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where seven public elementary schools offer extra classes in the afternoons and the summer, he said. "About half the parents pay for their children to go," the former Tennessee governor said on ABC-TV's "This Week with David Brinkley." "They voluntarily choose that."
April 14, 1991 |
President Bush plans this week to propose a major education initiative that would include federal investment into development of new kinds of schools, national student testing and letting parents choose what school their children attend, according to a published report. Bush will announce the proposals Thursday as part of his bid to fulfill his 1988 campaign vow that, "I want to be the education President," the New York Times reported in today's editions.
October 31, 1991 |
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill authorizing $17.5 billion for federal student aid and higher education programs. The legislation, a seven-year reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, would change the Pell Grants program gradually over five years. Now, a student showing financial need may obtain a maximum federal grant of $2,400.
December 6, 1988 |
Education Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos pledged Monday to raise a strong voice within the Bush Administration for increased federal spending to wipe out what he called America's "deficit in education."
September 1, 1988
Banks, credit unions and other firms involved in the Guaranteed Student Loan Program are overpaid millions of dollars a year in excess subsidies on the loans because the Education Department fails to check erroneous billings, a government study said. General Accounting Office auditors who reviewed 2,038 loan accounts at 16 major lenders found 18% were in error or lacked adequate documentation to support the amount billed.
February 10, 1989 |
True to his pledge to seek "a kinder, gentler nation," President Bush has sent Congress a budget that would increase federal spending for an array of educational, environmental and other people programs. But when it comes to putting money where the rhetoric is, the new budget offers substantially less than the candidate suggested he favored during the fall campaign.
September 28, 1989 |
In a ceremony etched in history and symbolism, President Bush opened his summit conference on education with the nation's governors Wednesday by describing American public education as "a system unparalleled in the world" that has now fallen far short of its traditional goals. Speaking on the campus of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, Bush called on the governors to join with him in setting new directions and priorities for a sorely troubled educational system.
March 21, 1987 |
A Senate panel voted Friday to commit $50 million toward reducing the high school dropout rate, which Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) called the "greatest challenge facing education today." The legislation was approved unanimously by the Labor and Human Resources subcommittee on education, arts and humanities. Nationwide, statistics indicated that about 25% of students leave high school before graduation. That figure climbs to as high as 40% in some states and 50% in some urban areas.