Bush Proposes Evacuee Aid for Districts, School Vouchers
States Continue to Seek Waivers on NCLB, Other Laws.
The Bush administration is proposing up to $1.9 billion in federal aid to help school districts and charter schools that are enrolling some of the 300,000-plus students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
In addition, it is proposing as much as $488 million for evacuated families to pay private or religious school tuition, in essence creating a big new school voucher program. The vouchers would be worth up to $7,500, and made available during the 2005-06 school year.
“We’re obviously doing something in the federal government that we’ve never done before,” Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said of the initiative in a conference call from...
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