Equality For All

Colorado Governor Signs Voucher Bill

On April 16, Colorado Governor Bill Owens disregarded the wishes of Colorado voters and signed a voucher bill that will provide $5,000 vouchers to students, even though the voters have twice rejected attempts to divert public tax dollars to private schools. Read about this and many other voucher battles in the states.

Rep. Cubin Must Apologize for Ugly Racial Stereotype

Wednesday, April 9, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) implied that all black Americans are drug addicts. Questioning an amendment to a bill limiting liability for gun makers that would bar gun sales to drug addicts and those in drug treatment, Rep. Cubin said, "So does that mean that if you go into a black community you can't sell any guns to any black person?" Not only would she not apologize, but her fellow Republicans refused to allow her comments to be declared out of order.

Status in the 108th Congress

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The authorization for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) expired in the 107th Congress, and the 108th Congress is now in the process of reauthorizing it. The House passed H.R.

Education Secretary Paige Urged to Disavow Outrageous Remarks on Religion and Schools

PFAW Foundation responds to Education Secretary Paige's assertion that he "would prefer to have a child in a school that has a strong appreciation for the values of the Christian community, where a child is taught to have a strong faith.”

Full Funding for Public Education

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Despite the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the President’s refusal to adequately fund this bill, in fact, leaves far too many children behind.

Affirmative Action on the Line at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will review two cases challenging the affirmative action admission programs at the University of Michigan. The issue in both cases is whether the University’s goal of admitting a diverse student body justifies making race a factor, among others, in admissions decisions. The outcome of the Michigan cases will not only determine whether colleges can continue to level the playing field for women and minorities, but it may also decide the future of affirmative action far beyond university classrooms.

Abortion Ban Bill Unconstitutional

Far-right members of Congress and their allies in the Bush administration have made restricting reproductive rights a priority for the 108th Congress, from packing the courts with anti-choice judges to pushing legislation that would cripple reproductive freedom worldwide. The latest assault on reproductive rights comes in the form of unconstitutional legislation to ban what the bill’s supporters call “partial-birth” abortion.

Florida's Disability Voucher Program Fails to Protect Interests of Students, Parents and Taxpayers

In the next several weeks, there will be major efforts in the House and/or Senate to amend the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to include private-school vouchers. The relatively unknown Florida McKay voucher law is the model for this pro-voucher effort in Congress. One of the McKay law’s most enthusiastic promoters has dubbed the program the “Florida Miracle.” A report released today by PFAW and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund debunks this myth, raising serious concerns about financial abuse and the law’s impact on parents’ rights, special education services and public schools.

New Data Shows Illinois Tuition Tax Credit Continues to Provide Windfall to Affluent Families

For the second straight year, the biggest beneficiaries of Illinois’ tuition tax credit law are its most affluent taxpayers—those earning more than $80,000 annually. This finding, based on newly released state data, shatters promises made by supporters of the 1999 law, who had argued that the measure would particularly benefit Illinois’ low-income families

'Devious Plans' Resurface as Gov. Bush Endorses Second Election on Florida's Class Size Initiative

Gov. Jeb Bush publicly gave his support to holding a special election later this year in which voters would be asked to reconsider decisions they’ve already made to support an initiative to reduce class sizes in Florida’s public schools. Amendment 9 was approved by the state’s voters last November. People For the American Way was one of the leading partners in the pro-Amendment 9 Coalition to Reduce Class Size.

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