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Resolutions & Amendments

26th International Convention - San Francisco, CA (1984)

Federal Funds for Education

Resolution No. 58
26th International Convention
June 18-22, 1984
San Francisco, CA


The Reagan Administration has sought to reduce federal funding of education through consolidation of programs; lowering of maximum authorizations; shifting costs to school districts, states, students and institutions; and changing criteria for participation in programs; and


Several reports have been released in the last year oil the status of education in America; and


The report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education indicated that the educational foundations of our society are being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our future as a Nation; and


The same report recommended that the federal government has the primary responsibility to identify the national interest in education, to help fund and support efforts to protect and promote that interest, and to provide the national leadership; and


Increased federal dollars are necessary to reach persons who are served and those who are eligible but not served in such programs as education for the handicapped, Chapter I Compensatory education, bilingual education, impact aid, vocational education, Indian education and post-secondary education.


That AFSCME will continue to support increased federal funding for education which is one of the most prudent and productive investments this country can make.


Sue Pusbach, President, Certified Delegate
OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4, Council 8
Columbus, Ohio