|For Immediate Release|
|Tuesday, June 20, 1995|
Massachusetts Education Commissioner Testifies Before U.S. House on Federal Education Spending
Malden - Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Robert V. Antonucci is testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families on Wednesday, June 21, 1995.
Subcommittee Chairman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) invited Antonucci to testify on a panel addressing issues related to education reform throughout the country.
In prepared testimony, Antonucci states, "Our state and local efforts, working together with the business community, are not enough. We need a fourth partner--the federal government--to provide our state with targeted assistance for leadership in reform and innovation, strategies for change, and help with some of our most acute issues."
His statement continues, "It is absolutely clear that without Goals 2000 funding we would not have innovative institutes this summer that will bring together teams of teachers, parents, and administrators from across the state to implement comprehensive school improvement."
"We are very hopeful Massachusetts will be one of the six Ed-Flex states under Goals 2000. With that designation, Secretary Riley can transfer to my office the powers Congress has granted to the Secretary for issuing waivers to schools and districts and promoting consolidation and streamlined use of federal funds. This new authority is absolutely unprecedented in federal education practice,"Antonucci concludes.
The hearing is in Room 2175, Rayburn House Office Building, at 9:30 a.m.
In his June 16 invitation to Antonucci, Rep. Cunningham said, "You will be participating on a panel focusing on several types of education reform currently taking place in states across the country. Michelle Easton, member of the Virginia State Board of Education, has been invited to participate on this panel to discuss why Virginia has decided not to participate in the Goals 2000 program as well as Superintendent Norma Paulus who will discuss what steps Oregon has taken to implement education reforms. A representative from a charter school has also been invited. Other witnesses will include Congressmen who will discuss school choice, as will as a panel of proponents and opponents of public and private school choice."
"The purpose of this hearing is to begin a careful and thoughtful examination of education reforms both at the State and local level and to determine what type of role the Federal government should play, if any, in education reform. I would particularly ask you to address the reforms the State of Massachusetts has implemented and in what ways the Federal government has helped or hindered you efforts to implement such efforts," Cunningham added.