Federal File

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints

Building Support: It's been a frustrating three years for the supporters of federal school construction legislation, but Democrats think they've got the momentum—and strategy—to get a plan passed this year.

In recent weeks, proponents of the so-called Johnson-Rangel bill, HR 4094, have held several events to publicize their cause. Apart from some funding-formula differences, the bill is similar to President Clinton's $5 billion, five-year plan to pay interest on bonds for about $24.8 billion in school construction and renovation.

"It's the third year we've been to Congress with [a construction plan], but I think we have the best chance this year," Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley said in an interview shortly after a Sept. 20 press conference.

On Sept. 20, 156 representatives sent a letter to President Clinton, urging him to veto any education spending bill that did not include the school construction package.

The representatives who signed the letter pledged to band together to prevent Republicans from overriding a veto, wrote Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., a former state schools chief.

"If the opponents of this legislation want a showdown, this letter says loud and clear that we are prepared to fight and we are prepared to win," Mr. Etheridge said in a prepared statement.

Reps. Nancy L. Johnson, R-Conn., and Charles B. Rangel, D- N.Y., say that they have 228 votes—enough bipartisan support to pass HR 4094 in the House—but that Republican leaders refuse to allow the measure to come up for a vote.

Republicans have proposed several separate, smaller bills to amend the tax code to help schools finance construction.

A spokesman for the White House's Office of Management and Budget said, as of last week, that no decision had been made on whether Mr. Clinton would veto a spending bill without construction aid.

—Joetta L. Sack [email protected].

Vol. 20, Issue 5, Page 23

Published in Print: October 4, 2000, as Federal File

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories





Sponsor Insights

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Student Engagement Lessons from 3 Successful Districts

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >