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House Proceeding 05-13-09 on May 13th, 2009 :: 0:59:05 to 1:01:45
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:59:02 to 0:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: lower the cost of schools and taxpayers and help us create jobs. i urge support of the amendment. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time . for what purpose does the gentleman from cr5. rise -- from california rise?

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:59:05 to 1:01:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard P. Buck McKeon

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:59:24 to 0:59:44( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: mr. mckeyon: i i yield myself such time as i may consume. i object to this amendmentor several reasons. it adds additional uses of fus, project priorities, and funding allocations. while none of these on its own is particularly objectionable, on the whole we are making the bill more complex and deviating even further from what the federal government ought to be doing in education, and that's

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:59:45 to 1:00:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: focusing on academics. the most troubling element of this amendment is its unfair treatment to charter schools. during our committee's markup of this bill, we endorsed on a fully bipartisan basis an amendment from the gentleman from colorado, representative polis. his amendment ensur fair treatment for under this program.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:00:06 to 1:00:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: after all if we are providing facilities, funding for public schools, we ought to be providing it equitably for all public schools, that includes charter schools. charter schools are public schools created by teachers, parents, and other members of the community to educate studen and stimulate reform in the public school system. as public schools, they must

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:00:28 to 1:00:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: serve students from all backgrounds and educational abilities. unfortunately the amendment we are debating weakens the equal protections for charter schools that were inserted on a bipartisan basis during our committee's vote. the amendment empowers local school districts, some of them charter schools, to determine

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:00:49 to 1:01:11( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: what their chorter school's facilities needs are. if the district determines that a charter has no facilities needs, the money specifically setaside for charter schools reverts back to the local district. we know that charter schools are desperately in need of facilities funding. on average public charter school funding falls short of traditional public school

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:01:12 to 1:01:32( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: funding by 22%. a primary cause of this ineity is charter schools lack access to local and capital funding, primarily due to the fact that charter schools cannot issue bonds to pay for school construction. charter schools drive innovation and reform. they have been championed by president obama and education secretary duncan.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:01:33 to 1:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: they were protected in this legislation by an amendment offered by a member of the majority. this amendment undermines the bipartisan support for charter schools by putting their fair access to funds under this program in jeopardy.

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