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Ehlers Bill Suffers Surprising Defeat

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Science  10 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5494, pp. 1068-1069
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5494.1068b

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A popular, bipartisan bill to improve school science and math education derailed suddenly in Congress late last month after critics said that it might violate a constitutional ban on government support for religion. But the action involved more than scholarly debate. The House's 24 October vote also demonstrated the political clout of the country's two major teachers' unions-which disapproved of a provision for grants to private schools--and the relative weakness of scientific groups that lobbied for the bill.