Jim Walsh has been a consistent advocate for education concerns as a member of the United States Congress. During his tenure, Congressman Walsh has fought for more teacher training, smaller class sizes, improved school safety initiatives, increased opportunities for parental involvement, and the restoration of flexibility and accountability in the public education system.
Mr. Walsh supported President Bush's landmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform legislation passed by the 107th Congress. As a result, unprecedented levels of new federal resources have flowed to New York school districts along with unprecedented local control over these funds. In fact, under Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives (beginning in 1994):
* Overall federal funds for education have increased by more than 140%;
* Title I aid to the nation's public school systems for the special education needs has increased by 84%;
* Special education grants to states (IDEA) have increased by 330%;
* The maximum Pell Grant award has increased by 64%; and
* Head Start funding has increased by 91%.
Never before has the federal government invested so much in America's public schools with a focus on accountability, expanded parental options, and increased local control and flexibility. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Walsh is proud to be at the forefront of this effort.
The father of three children educated in New York's public schools and the husband of a life-long teacher, Jim Walsh will continue to advocate in Washington to improve education for all New Yorkers regardless of income.
Through the Congressman's leadership, important linkages have been established in our region between NASA and the Syracuse City School District's Fowler High School, Syracuse University, Cornell University, RIT, and the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community College in Auburn. In addition, Mr. [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]