[Hpn] Kyl to fight to keep Pappas funding; re: school segregation;homelessness

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2001 16:02:39 -0400


Below is a forward of a recent, extremely one-sided, article regarding the 
battle in the U.S. Congress over school segregation of students who are 
homeless which may be of interest.

This article mentions that Senator Kyl intends to introduce his amendment 
sometime this week.

Unless Senator Kyl somehow has managed to get the votes he needs for it to 
pass, he must be pushing it to get what he wants in one form or another.

The article does mention that the amendment is backed by "the White House 
and some Senate Democrats, including Dianne Feinstein of California."

Please contact your U.S. Senate delegation now, even if you have already, to 
urge them to vote against the Kyl amendment regarding segregated schools for 
students who are homeless.

For contact information for your U.S. Senators, go to:

Senators of the 107th Congress:

http://www.senate.gov/senators/index.cfm

-- each Senators name is an active link to their Web site.

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Saturday, June 9, 2001
The Arizona Republic <http://www.arizonarepublic.com/>
[Arizona]
Kyl to fight to keep Pappas funding
<http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0609pappas09.html>


By Sergio Bustos
Gannett News Service
June 09, 2001 12:00:00


WASHINGTON - The long-running controversy over a Phoenix public school that 
educates only homeless children could come to an end next week with a U.S. 
Senate vote on President Bush's landmark education reform bill.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Friday that he plans to amend the bill to ensure 
that the Thomas J. Pappas School is allowed to continue operating and 
receives its share of federal funding.

"The hard reality is that such programs exist because regular schools were 
not meeting homeless children's needs," said Kyl, who plans to introduce the 
measure early next week.

Kyl and other Pappas supporters are confident the Senate will approve his 
amendment because it has the backing of the White House and some Senate 
Democrats, including Dianne Feinstein of California.

The House passed a similar amendment last month as part of the president's 
education reform legislation. While school systems would be prohibited from 
providing separate schools for homeless children, the legislation includes a 
"grandfather" clause so existing schools may continue to operate and receive 
federal dollars.

The amendment approved by the House was viewed as a partial victory for both 
sides.

"It's a compromise our schools and parents can live with, but we would 
certainly like to see schools like Pappas expanded across the entire 
country," said Sandra Dowling, Maricopa County's superintendent of schools, 
who started Pappas in 1989. "I believe the controversy over Pappas reflects 
the need for this country to define its social education policy."

Dowling and others argue that schools like Pappas provide homeless children 
with far more resources and stability than they would receive in a regular 
public school. Opponents counter that keeping homeless students apart 
violates federal law. They want Congress to place homeless kids in regular 
schools.

Nationwide, more than 40 schools, including Pappas, have been created to 
serve homeless children. Most are in California, Washington state and 
Oregon. Pappas, with an enrollment of nearly 1,000 students, is the largest 
in the country. It received $42,000 this year in federal funding.

During the past year, the school became the epicenter of a national debate 
over educating homeless children.

Sergio Bustos is a reporter for The Arizona Republic and Gannett News 
Service. Reach him at sbustos@gns.gannett.com or (703) 276-5812.

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-------End of forward-------

Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA



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