Call Congress: Vote NO on the Every Student Succeeds Act!
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act by a vote of 359 – 64. The Senate could take up the bill as early as tomorrow. Please call your senators today and urge them to vote NO on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
After the House of Representatives and the Senate passed separate bills reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act last summer, a conference committee met in November to reconcile them. The committee agreed to a framework which many conservatives find disappointing. Two major policy victories – guaranteed parental opt-out and portability for Title I public school funds – were cut. Preschool grant language was codified. Spending levels rise in accordance with October’s Obama-Boehner budget deal. Conservatives are left with prohibitions that block the Education Secretary from coercing states into adopting national standards like Common Core, but the damage has already been done.Although negotiators haggled over the framework for months, the final text of the bill, now called the Every Student Succeeds Act, only came out today, November 30th. With the House possibly holding a vote on Thursday, members only have a few days to study a 1,059-page bill. This version is much longer than either the House- or Senate-passed versions of ESEA reauthorization. It includes many complicated provisions, some of which are completely irrelevant to K-12 education.The Elementary and Secondary Education Act needs change, but this is not the way to do it. Call your senators and representative today. Tell them to vote NO on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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