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The Times Herald from Port Huron, Michigan • Page 6

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The Times Heraldi
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Port Huron, Michigan
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6
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Schafer said. He called the administration's plan endemic of the very problem the ed-flex measures try to eliminate: "It doesn't take into account all the differences we have across this country," he said. The president did not immediately threaten a veto this week, but said he would try to eliminate the special education funding provision. his poll-driven plan to have the federal government pay for 100,000 new teachers in local schools," said Gov. Schafer, vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Gov. Schafer said some states, including his own, are meeting the goal of the president's proposal to reduce average class sizes to 18 pupils in early elementary grades. He insisted teachers and schools would prefer spending the money on special education. Republicans complain the federal government, while dictating the rules states must follow on special education, provides only 7 to 12 of the costs of those programs. Current law and Senate, for increasing states' flexibility in spending federal education money.

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