1) Goals 2000 and School-to-Work Both are up for reauthorization in 1999. The National Center is already gathering support in Congress to repeal them.
2) Marriage Penalty Tax Elimination This proposal would adjust tax brackets and standard deductions to eliminate disparity between tax rates of unmarried and married couples. National Center supports the elimination of the marriage penalty.
3) Privacy Issues The National Center will support legislation to repeal Section 656 of the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996. This law currently requires the Department of Transportation to set up regulation requiring states to use social security numbers for issuance of drivers licensesa de facto national ID card. In addition, National Center will oppose any attempt to create a national vaccine database.
4) ESEA Reauthorization The Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA, Public Law 89-10) was passed in 1965. It authorizes grants for elementary and secondary school programs for school library resources, textbooks and other instructional materials. The problem with the ESEA is that it has Goals 2000 requirements throughout. States must submit a plan to the Secretary that is in line with Goals 2000, and each state must be consistent with nationally recognized standards. The ESEA is up for re-authorization in 1999 and our strategy is to correct the problems in the bill by seeking to block grant the ESEA money to the states.