Magazine article USA TODAY

Public Opposes Education Cuts

Magazine article USA TODAY

Public Opposes Education Cuts

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Two out of three Americans do not favor cuts to Federal education programs. At a time when the American people want smaller, more efficient government, they continue to show strong support for investments in education, according to recent national surveys.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll, released Jan. 6, 1995, found that, while eight of 10 people surveyed favor a balanced budget amendment, two of three would not support such an amendment if it meant that education or Social Security would be slashed.

A poll conducted by the Times Mirror Center for The People & The Press, released on Dec. 8, 1994, showed that 64% would increase spending on public schools if given the opportunity to set Federal budget priorities, while only six percent would decrease spending. Among 14 government programs cited, support for public schools was second only to anti-crime programs. Similarly, a New York Times/CBS poll, conducted Dec. 6-9, 1994, found that 59% oppose cuts in education, while 22% support them.

"People know education is the key to prosperity and the wisest investment we can make in our children's and our nation's future," maintains U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. …

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