October 30, 1997
H.R. 2746 - Helping Empower Low-income Parents (HELP)
Scholarships Amendments of 1997
(Rep. Riggs (R) CA and 11 others)
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 2746. If the bill were presented to
the President, his senior advisers would recommend that the bill be vetoed.
H.R. 2746, States and local school districts could provide vouchers for basic
instruction in private schools, using funds that are otherwise available for
the supplementary costs of education reform under Title VI of the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Federal funding of private school
vouchers is bad policy because it would divert needed attention and resources
from the Nation's public schools, which serve approximately 90 percent of
students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.