election 2010

 

A short review of the recent House of Representative election results and what it means for Public Education.

 

 

Education Funding:

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), a rising star in the GOP who has burnished his credentials as a fiscal hawk is likely to serve as Chair of the House Budget Committee. Republicans are expected to push hard on spending and are likely to propose dramatic cuts to education and other domestic priorities. Already, would-be Speaker of the House John Boehner has proposed cutting all non-defense federal spending to FY2008 levels.

Education policy/ESEA Reauthorization:

The new Speaker of the House is expected to be Representative John Boehner (R-OH) and Representative John Kline (R-MN) is expected to serve as the Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee.

Look for more emphasis on:

  • local control of school systems and local decision making
  • education reform that 'empowers parents, lets teachers teach, and protects taxpayers'.
  • funding for special education

Areas that NEA will be watching closely will include proposals for private school vouchers and increased support for charter schools.

Social Security:

Some Republican candidates for House and senate promoted privatization of Social Security, cuts to benefits, and raising the retirement age for eligibility. Look for recommendations to Congress and the President by December 1 that could include some of these proposals.

Health Care Reform:

While full-on repeal of the Health Care bill is unlikely to be enacted, Republicans have been vocal about defunding portions of the law or stopping full implementation. It's likely that Republicans will seek some changes to the historical Health Care reform act, particularly any requirements on small businesses and individual mandates.

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform will hold its next meeting on November 10, 2010 -- its final public meeting before the December 1st deadline for its recommendations. If the Commission reaches agreement, its plan -- which could include deep cuts to Social Security -- has been guaranteed a fast track up-or-down vote in Congress in December.

The retirement age has already been raised from 65 to 66, and it will go to 67 in 2022. Some in Congress want to raise it to 70. That would cust benefits by 20 percent.

 

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