Your United States taxes to educate in underdeveloped countries

New York Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey

On April 22, 2010 Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey introduced the “Education for All Act of 2010” along with co-sponsors David Reichert (R-WA); Adam Smith (D-WA); Barbara Lee (D-CA); and John Olver (D-MA).

The Education for All Act of 2010 would leave you to believe all Americans will receive an education. Not true.

The purpose, as stated in HR 5117 is to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for developing countries; to promote quality basic education; and to establish the achievement of universal basic education in all developing countries as an objective of United States foreign assistance policy, and for other purposes.

The bill defines the term `basic education’:

(A) means an education, generally consisting of completion of 9-10 years of schooling, including efforts to improve early childhood development, primary education, secondary education, literacy and numeracy training, and life-skills training that prepares an individual to be an active, productive member of society and the workforce; and

(B) includes efforts to facilitate and support activities including efforts to build the institutional capacity of a country to manage basic education systems and measure results; construct and rehabilitate schools; train quality teachers; increase parent and community involvement in schools; provide learning materials; and develop curricula.

The bill states that at least 72 million children in the world are not receiving a basic education along with tens of millions of annual dropouts – almost one-half of out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Education for All Act of 2010 has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Co-sponsor Barbara Lee is a member of that committee.

Democratic Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey of New York was born in 1937. She’s served in the US House of Representatives since 1989. Prior to her elected position in DC she served as assistant, New York secretary of state for economic development and neighborhood preservation, and deputy director, New York state division of economic opportunity, 1975-1985; New York assistant secretary of state, 1985-1987.

Promises of fiscal discipline still ring in our ears while the public debt climbs over $12.8 trillion and a federal budget deficit of $714 billion in the first six months of fiscal year 2010.

It’s hard to believe Congress would suggest Americans pay higher taxes to educate the world.

But true it is.

HR 5117 <— read the entire bill

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One Response to Your United States taxes to educate in underdeveloped countries

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    On April 22, 2010 Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey introduced the “Education for All Act of 2010″ along with co-sponsors David Reichert (R-WA); Adam Smith (D-WA); Barbara Lee (D-CA); and John Olver (D-MA). The Education for All Act of 2010 would leave you t…

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