Tuesday, September 12, 2000
Bush-Gore plans for education
Highlights of the education plans of Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore:
GEORGE W. BUSH
His plan's estimated cost is $25 billion over five years and roughly $47 billion over 10 years. Among the details over the first five years:
$8.2 billion to boost Pell grants and state scholarships, help black colleges and give individual tuition savings plans the same tax exemption available for state prepaid tuition plans.
Let families put $5,000 per year, per student, into tax-free education savings accounts for college or K-12 school expenses, including private school tuition. That's up from $500 per year for college expenses only.
$5 billion to help poor children learn to read.
$2 billion to help low-income parents afford after-school programs.
Divide $500 million among states and schools that improve student achievement. States where students perform poorly would lose 5 percent of their federal money, which would be shifted to a charter school fund.
Double the number of charter schools to 4,000, using $300 million in seed money.
When schools in poor areas fail to meet standards for three years, parents would get about $1,500 a year to pay for private school tuition, hire a tutor or attend another public school.
Require that every student in grades 3-8 be tested every year.
Collapse financing for more than 60 federal education programs into five, and give a national test to a sampling of pupils.
His plan's estimated cost is $170 billion over 10 years ($115 billion in programs, $55 billion in tax incentives).
$50 billion over 10 years to help states subsidize preschool for all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds.
Give raises of up to $5,000 for qualifying teachers in poor and rural areas, and an extra $5,000 in pay for master teachers who meet higher standards. Cost: $8 billion.
Recruit more teachers by offering scholarships to 60,000 college students each year who agree to teach in high-poverty schools and through signing bonuses for mid-career professionals who become teachers. Cost: $8 billion.
$20 billion more for special education.
$1.8 billion to triple the number of charter schools.
$1 billion more for Head Start.
Give bonuses to states that use high-school exit exams and show improvement in tests.
Require states to test all new teachers.
Schools that don't meet standards for three years would be closed and reopened under new leadership.
Allow families to save money tax free for college and ongoing training, and to take a tax credit or a tax deduction on up to $10,000 in tuition and other college fees.
$8 billion in tax incentives for school construction.
$5.3 billion in tax credits for after-school care.
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