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House Proceeding 05-13-09 on May 13th, 2009 :: 1:03:00 to 1:07:50
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:02:57 to 1:03:18( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: all charter schools at that time. amendment. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. chair. i yield myself the balance of my time. this amendment will make it more difficult for charter schools, which remember are public schools held to higher standards for studentcademic achievement to receive facilities funding

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:03:00 to 1:07:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard P. Buck McKeon

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:03:19 to 1:03:39( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: under this bill. if taxpayers are being asked to renovate and repair public schools at a minimum, we need to ensure fair treatment for all public schools. i ur my colleagues to this amendment. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. miller: i yield back the balance of my time. i ask for an aye vote. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. so many as are in favor say aye.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:03:40 to 1:04:02( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the aye vs. it. -- ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. amendment number 2 printed in house report number 111-106. for what purpose does the

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:04:03 to 1:04:23( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: gentleman from california rise? mr. made in order under the rule. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2, printed in house report number 111-106, offered by mr. mckeon of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 427, the gentleman from california, mr. mckeon, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:04:24 to 1:04:45( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: ntleman from california. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mckeon: there's a lot of talk aut accountability in education but what does that word really mean? at the federal level i think it means accountability to taxpayers to get what they are paying for. we give tens of billions of dollars to states and school districts each year.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:04:46 to 1:05:06( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: with this bill we are going to give them $40 billion more. but what are we getting in return? federal elementary and secondary education policy places a few simple but critical requirements on schools inxchange for billions in taxpayer dollars. schools have to assess student achievement and rort to

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:05:07 to 1:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: parents on how they are performing. in schools where children are being left behind, we require that they be given access to free tutoring or their right to transfer to a better performing public school. we require equitable participation for private schools, recognizing that programs like title 1, idea, and

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:05:28 to 1:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: others were meant t benefit all students and teachers, not just those in the public school system. in high school, we require schools to give military recruiters the same access given to colleges and career recruiters. and we call on schools to provide our armed forces with basic contact information for students. with the option for parents to

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:05:49 to 1:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: opt out, so the students have the chance to learn about all options available for their future. in exchange for billions in taxpayer dollars, i don't think it's too much to ask for schools to comply with these requirements. a bipartisan majority of congress agreed when we re-authorized the elementary and

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:06:10 to 1:06:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: secondary education programs in 2001 with the no child left behind act. my amendment simply repeats the requirements already in place under the law if schools wish to tap into the additional $40 billion to renovate or build new facilities. it's about accountability to taxpayers.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:06:31 to 1:06:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: i hope the majority will accept this amendment, and they may by arguing that every state in every school is already complying with the law. i wish that were true, but it's not. for example, according to data from the u.s. department of education, within the last year we have seen violations in the state of illinois, from chicago

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:06:53 to 1:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: to cicero, to aurora east where districts are not offering the public school choice or free tutoring required under the law. we have seen similar violations in mississippi, oregon, new mexico, and colorado. we also know there are school kiss tricts -- districts that openly flaunt their refusal to provide basic information and equal access to america's military.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:07:14 to 1:07:34( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: even though it is a requirement under the law. representative duncan hunter recognized this problem and he's introduced legislation to tighten the requirements under nclb to ensure fair treatment of our military and fair access to information by students. but in the meantime the congress needs to send a signal to schools that were serious about

Howard P. Buck McKeon

1:07:35 to 1:07:50( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: accountability. we are serious about ensuring they comply with these basic requests. free tutoring, public school transfers, fair treatment of private schools, and access for military recruiters in for the billions weunnel their

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