Proposals by some House Republicans to provide federal education funding for families affected by the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast have come under fire from Democrats and education groups, because families could use these funds for public or private education. Critics of the plans say they take advantage of a crisis situation to create a massive voucher program.

Democrats and education groups also are decrying another proposal by House Republicans that would slash 14 education programs from the federal budget to help pay for hurricane relief.

Chairman John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Rep. Bobby Jindal,


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