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01-RMSP2 on Jul 2, 2001

Report: the Republican Main Street Partnership agenda item:
Source: 2001 GOP Main Street Partnership Action Agenda for Education
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) helps to fulfill the most basic mission of federal education programs—equal opportunity for all children. To help improve the federal role in education, the Republican Main Street Partnership has identified the following areas that should receive priority during the reauthorization of IDEA:
  • Focus resources to help those with the greatest need, particularly the disadvantaged and disabled
  • Target Title I funds, those specifically designed to aid disadvantaged students, to students with the greatest need
  • Although Title I funds are already allocated according to population and poverty, more funds must be targeted to our neediest schools. We propose funding, for the first time, grants that send at least a portion of Title I funds solely on the basis of need.
  • Increase the maximum award under Pell Grants to help first-generation & low-income students continue their education
  • Increase the maximum award for students from low-income families to restore the balance between grants and loans, particularly among those with the greatest need.
  • Continue efforts to increase federal funding for IDEA to help states and locals offset the cost of providing a ëfree appropriate public educationí for students with special needs
  • Move federal funding toward its goal of providing up to 40 percent of the average cost of educating a disabled child.
  • In addition, we need to better evaluate the effectiveness of this program and ensure that federal funds for IDEA—particularly in light of recent funding increases—are being targeted to our students with real learning disabilities.
  • Finally and most important, any fiscal incentives must be examined to ensure that the overidentification of learning disabled students is prevented, and our efforts must focus on the regular evaluation of the program to ensure that our special needs children are truly being provided a "free appropriate public education."


  • Topic: Education
  • Headline: Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-RMSP2

Arlen Specter s1aPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 



Republicans participating in 01-RMSP2

Charlie Bass s1aNew Hampshire Republican (Retired 2012) 
Doug Bereuter s1aNebraska Republican (Until 2004) 
Judy Biggert s1aIllinois Republican 
Sherry Boehlert s1aNew York Republican/Independence 
Ken Calvert s1aCalifornia Republican 
Dave Camp s1aMichigan Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s1aWest Virginia Republican 
Lincoln Chafee s1aRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Susan Collins s1aME Republican Sr Senator 
Tom Davis s1aVirginia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
David Dreier s1aCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Vernon Ehlers s1aMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
Phil English s1aPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Mark Foley s1aFlorida Republican 
Rodney Frelinghuysen s1aNew Jersey Republican 
Greg Ganske s1aIA Former Republican Nominee (2002) 
Jim Geringer s1aWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Paul Gillmor s1aOhio Republican (Deceased 2007) 
Benjamin Gilman s1aNew York Republican 
Porter Goss s1aFlorida Republican (Until 2004) 
Kay Granger s1aTexas Republican 
Bill Graves s1aKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Jim Greenwood s1aPennsylvania Republican (Until 2004) 
Melissa Hart s1aPennsylvania Republican 
Dave Hobson s1aOhio Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Steve Horn s1aCalifornia Republican 
Amo Houghton s1aNew York Republican/Conservative 
Johnny Isakson s1aGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Nancy Lee Johnson s1aConnecticut Republican 
Timothy Johnson s1aIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Sue Kelly s1aNew York Republican (until 2007) 
Mark Kirk s1aIL Republican Jr Senator 
Jim Kolbe s1aArizona Republican 
Ray LaHood s1aIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Steven LaTourette s1aOhio Republican 
Jim Leach s1aIowa Republican 
Jerry Lewis s1aCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
John McCain s1aAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Jim McCrery s1aLouisiana Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Connie Morella s1aMaryland Republican 
Doug Ose s1aCalifornia Republican challenger 
George Pataki s1aNY Former Republican Governor (1995-2006) 
Tom Petri s1aWisconsin Republican 
Deborah Pryce s1aOhio Republican 
Jack Quinn s1aNew York Republican/Ind./Cons. 
Jim Ramstad s1aMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ralph Regula s1aOhio Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Pat Roberts s1aKS Republican Sr Senator 
Marge Roukema s1aNew Jersey Republican 
John Rowland s1aCT Former Republican Governor (1995-2004) 
Clay Shaw s1aFlorida Republican 
Christopher Shays s1aConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Rob Simmons s1aConnecticut Republican 
Gordon Harold Smith s1aOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s1aME Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Stevens s1aAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
Fred Upton s1aMichigan Republican 
Jim Walsh s1aNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 



Independents participating in 01-RMSP2

Michael Castle s1aDE 2010 Senate Challenger (lost primary); previously Gov.& Rep. 
George Nethercutt s1aWA 2004 former Republican challenger; US Representative 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 58
Independents: 2


















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