Senate Approves Voting Rights Act

Senators voted Thursday to keep the Voting Rights Act intact and renew critical provisions of the landmark civil rights law that were set to expire. The legislation passed by a vote of 98-0. Because it is identical to the bill approved by the House last week, it will now go to the White House for President Bush's signature.

The following can be attributed to Reg Weaver, NEA president:

"The right to vote and the basic right to a quality public education gohand in hand. We applaud senators for protecting access to the ballot box so all Americans can continue to have a voice in creating quality public schools for every child. Lawmakers must also adequately fund public schools to lay the foundation for all Americans to casteducated, informed votes."

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