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Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Education

Sen. Bill Frist

Objective: "To determine how well the federal dollar is spent on pre-K through [grade] 12 education." Task force members were charged with asking: "What is the return on our investment?"

The Task force has held six hearings since last October. Five of the hearings were in Washington; the other was in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The total cost to hold the hearings was $1,375.


Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

Ranking minority member:
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa.
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore.
Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Ex Officio member:
Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M.

House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Rep. Peter Hoekstra

Objective: "To identify what works ... in the current educational system."

The subcommittee has held 21 hearings nationwide since January 1997. Six of those were in Washington. The subcommittee titled its hearings "Education at a Crossroads: What Works, What's Wasted." The total cost for the hearings was $23,892.


Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich.

Ranking minority member:
Rep. Patsy T. Mink, D-Hawaii

Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C.
Rep. Harold E. Ford, Jr., D-Tenn.
Rep. Van Hilleary, R-Tenn.
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.
Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.
Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla.
Rep. Bob Schaffer, R-Colo.

Ex Officio member:
Rep. Bill Goodling, R-Pa.

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