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Education Reporter
NUMBER 181 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS FEBRUARY 2001

New House Education Committee Chairman Supports STW
Rep. John Boehner
Rep. John Boehner
WASHINGTON, DC - The new chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, John Boehner (R-OH), will have a significant impact on whether Congress continues to implement President Clinton's two controversial 1994 laws, Goals 2000 and School-to-Work (STW), or instead, calls a halt to the mission and curriculum changes those laws initiated. Public opinion surveys indicate that education is the most important issue among Americans, and the new chairman will decide quo vadis - at our current crossroads, which way will Congress go?

As supporters of traditional education (including traditional vocational/ technical education) have warned for years, the STW paradigm involves establishing the mind-set that the mission of the schools is to serve the workforce and the global economy, rather than to give all American children the basic knowledge and skills that can enable them to be all they can be. The 1994 STW law dictates that the Secretaries of Education and Labor "shall jointly provide for, and shall exercise final authority over the administration of this act," and that is why the House committee that wrote this law is called the "Education and the Workforce Committee."

Rep. Boehner made it clear which side of the STW controversy he is on in a Dec. 7, 2000 letter in which he came out strongly against proposals to separate education and the workforce into two committees. The House decided not to create separate committees. Boehner's letter stated in bold italics that "it is simply impossible to consider workforce and education issues separately . . . . The two are becoming even more indistinguishable as lifelong learning becomes absolutely necessary in the New Economy."


 
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