Sometimes individuals and congress representatives can make a difference. The diligence of individuals like Elton Gallegly and concerned citizens were able to re-fund an effective educational program.
February 19, 1992
Mr. Lance Winslow
Dear Mr. Winslow:
Knowing of your interest in the Blue Ribbon Schools program, I wanted to share the good news - the program has been re-funded.
As you know, Congress eliminated the $885,000 program from the current year's budget last November, although I voted against the bill. But after I and a number of my colleagues asked President Bush and Congressional leaders to restore the program, funding was made available for the program earlier this week.
In addition, the President has asked for another $895,000 to keep the program operating next year.
I am extremely pleased that the Blue Ribbon Schools program has been restored so quickly. It has been a major factor in improving the quality of American education by inspiring our schools, parents, teachers, parents and students to work harder and strive for excellence.
In particular, the three area schools competing for the honor this year - Willow Elementary in Agoura Hills, Aspen Elementary in Thousand Oaks, and Oak Hills Elementary in Oak Park - will now once again have the chance to be recognized as some of the best schools in the nation.
If America is to successfully compete in the world economy of the next century, we are going to have to give our young people the best education possible. The Blue Ribbon Schools program is one way to make our schools second to none.
As always, please keep me informed of your thoughts concerning federal issues.