Call Your Senators: Vote No on S. 1177

July 1, 2015

On Tuesday, July 7th, the Senate is expected to take up S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act. Written by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), S. 1177 is intended to replace the failed education policies of No Child Left Behind.

Unfortunately, the bill maintains a large role for the federal government in decisions about education. S. 1177 still requires the states to seek approval for their accountability plans by the Secretary of Education. It also leaves in place the federal testing mandate for grades 3-8 and once in high school. Through a new competitive grant program, states are encouraged to expand enrollment in pre-K. Federal involvement has done little for the K-12 population; why should we expect it to boost outcomes for younger children?

No Child Left Behind showed that federal interference in education increases burdens on students and teachers but not achievement. S. 1177 is a missed opportunity to restore control of education to the states and people. Please call your senator and tell him or her to vote NO on S. 1177.

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