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There were a few underlying themes on Saturday as state Rep. Tony Payton kicked off his re-election bid. First, his supporters agreed that former Rep. Bill Rieger did a lousy job representing the 179th Legislative District for 40 years. Second, they praised Payton’s work in his 14 months on the job. And third, they were incredulous that local Democratic ward leaders would endorse a challenger to the 27-year-old incumbent in the April 22 primary.
Rep. Dwight Evans sees in Rep. Payton a younger version of himself. As a veteran lawmaker, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and respected community leader, the endorsement and support of Chairman Evans is a major boost to the Payton campaign.
AS CONGRESS begins to debate the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, our children are left waiting for the nation's leaders to stand up and provide a sound vision for their educational endeavors.
While standardized testing, teacher accountability and partisan rancor dominate the discussion, the actual reforms that need to take place continue to be muted by the unwillingness and ineptitude of our leaders to change the direction of the conversation and provide innovative solutions to our current educational crisis.
The time has come for the federal government to stop its irresponsible propensity of enacting unfunded mandates. In 2006, President Bush called for $22.8 billion in new initiatives, yet asked the U.S. Congress to fund only $13.3 billion of them, leaving the state governments to pick up the bill for close to $10 billion.