ACTION ITEM: FEDERAL LEVEL.. Reauthorizing the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT... VOTE NO!!!

FEDERAL: HR5 Student Success Act

The HR5 Student Success Act (to reauthorize and reform the No Child Left Behind Act through 2021.) has passed out of committee and will go to the House floor for a vote as early as Tuesday, February 24, 2015. We MUST do everything that we can to stop this bill from passing. Please feel free to cut and paste this message and send to your email lists..

Once again we are being sold snake oil. Sadly I doubt that any of our legislators have read this bill including Rep. Kline (the sponsor).

REAUTHORIZING NCLB

HERITAGE ACTION SENTINEL BRIEF
No Child Left Behind is outdated and ineffective. It isn't helping America's students.
Next week the House is expected to vote on the "Student Success Act" (H.R. 5) which would reauthorize No Child Left Behind until 2021.

Heritage Action is opposed to reauthorizing No Child Left Behind, without bold reforms.
Instead of putting parents in charge of their children's education, this 600-page bill continues to mandate states test annually. Reauthorizing the bill also fails to cut spending or reduce bureaucracy in education.

The Student Success Act (H.R. 5)
Status:
On February 11th, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) to reauthorize and reform the No Child Left Behind Act through 2021. A number of misleading claims are being made in the service of passing this bill. Below is a summary of these claims and detailed responses. Heritage Action is opposed to H.R. 5.

CLAIM:

H.R. 5 replaces the current national accountability system with state-led accountability systems, freeing the states from federal interference.

FACT:

Although the proposal wisely eliminates counterproductive and prescriptive Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) mandates, H.R. 5 maintains the current NCLB mandates for states to establish standards in reading and math and to test kids annually between grades 3-8 and once in high school.

H.R. 5 orders that academic achievement standards "include the same knowledge, skills, and levels of achievement expected of all public school students in the state." States must also use "the same academic assessments...to measure the academic achievement of all public school students in the state." Taken together, these twin mandates direct the state to establish a single uniform assessment, limiting the ability of local schools to determine their own curriculum. Experts agree a well-rounded education is in the best interests of the child and that NCLB has damaged the ability of local school districts to set locally-driven curriculum that reflects the desires of families in their communities. The mandates in H.R. 5 perpetuate this problem.

CLAIM:

H.R. 5 eliminates more than 65 existing elementary and secondary education programs.

FACT:

H.R. 5 consolidates more than 65 programs into a Local Academic Flexibility Grant, but it does not eliminate them. Mere consolidation does not reduce federal spending. These programs need to be eliminated along with a commensurate reduction in spending. The fact that H.R. 5 does not reduce funding levels as result of these "eliminated" programs is further evidence. NCLB's authorization levels are maintained and extended until 2021.

CLAIM:

H.R. 5 eliminates the NCLB requirement that states make "adequate yearly progress" (AYP) to increase the number of students who are proficient in math and reading.

FACT:

H.R. 5 does eliminate the AYP requirement, but the bill maintains requirements for states to develop their own "statewide accountability structure, a system of school improvement interventions to be implemented at the local level for...schools the state determines to be poorly performing." LEARN MORE: Heritageactionsentinel.com

CLAIM:

H.R. 5 allows local school officials to make funding decisions based on what they know will help improve student learning.

FACT:

: H.R. 5 only tinkers with NCLB's precisely-mandated spending percentages and prescriptions. The fact that, for instance, a state is allowed to spend 7 percent of its awarded federal funds to carry out its newly-mandated system of school improvement instead of 4 percent under current law does not prove that federal intervention has been dramatically reduced. H.R. 5 contains dozens of precise percentages that govern state and LEA spending priorities. This level of detailed prescription and complexity is not an appreciable reduction in federal involvement.

  

CLAIM:

The federal government is stepping back, "limiting its role to ensuring parents have the information they need to judge the quality of their children's schools." The suggestion that Congress needs a 616-page bill to reduce the federal education imprint is implausible. Furthermore, despite the length of the bill, H.R. 5 lacks an opt-out of federal programs and mandates for states, an approach known as A-PLUS. A-PLUS would limit the federal role and ensures parents have the information they need. CLAIM: H.R. 5 empowers parents with more school choice options by allowing Title I funds to follow children to public or charter schools of their parent's choice.  


FACT:

H.R. 5 provides increased portability, but only to public schools and public charter schools. Adequate portability would extend to private schools of choice, if a state chose. This was an amendment proposed by Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) in committee before being withdrawn--it is a proposal that deserves inclusion in any NCLB reauthorization.

CLAIM:

H.R. 5 protects against Common Core.

FACT:

H.R. 5 prevents future federal government coercion of states into adopting Common Core standards. The bill includes language that prevents the Secretary of Education from imposing conditions on the states, including the adoption of Common Core, and prohibits federal funding from being used to "endorse, approve, develop, require, or sanction" Common Core.

Ways to take ACTION:

This is probably the easiest way to make contact.

 http://heritageaction.com/call/house/?utm_source=heritageaction&...


 

  CALL YOUR REP   (202.225.3121) TELL THEM VOTE NO ON HR5 STUDENT SUCCESS ACT!

  EMAIL your HOUSE REP (link below and copy and paste my info below)

EMAIL HERE    http://www.house.gov/representatives/  and COPY & PASTE this:

 Go to  www.POPVOX.com  and OPPOSE THIS BILL!

If you reference nothing else in the bill when calling make sure to reference Page 552-553 (Below) in which it clearly states if a State participates in federal funding grants and programs by vote of the legislature (which includes approval of federal money in the state budget) the state waives its rights and gives full authority to the federal government.

 

 ‘‘Subpart 4—Restoration of State Sovereignty Over

Public Education and Parental Rights Over the

 Education of Their Children

‘‘SEC. 6561. STATES TO RETAIN RIGHTS AND AUTHORITIES

 THEY DO NOT EXPRESSLY WAIVE.

 ‘‘(a) RETENTION OF RIGHTS AND AUTHORITIES.—

 No officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary

 shall enforce against an authority of a State, nor shall

 any authority of a State have any obligation to obey, any

 requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance

 under a grant program established under this Act, nor

 shall such program operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have by law expressly approved

 that program and, in doing so, have waived the State’s

 rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a

 condition of receiving that assistance.

 

‘‘(b) AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF RECEIPT OF FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.—An officer, employee, or

 other authority of the Secretary may release assistance

 under a grant program established under this Act to a

State only after the legislature of the State has by law

 expressly approved the program (as described in sub

section (a)). This approval may be accomplished by a vote

 to affirm a State budget that includes the use of such Federal funds and any such State budget must expressly include any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving

 assistance under a grant program established under this

 Act so that by approving the budget, the State legislature

 is expressly approving the grant program and, in doing

 so, waiving the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by

 the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=33...

 

11 page summary; http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr_5_detailed_bill_summa...

 

Full bill text:   http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/student_success_act_-_in...

 

Here is an 11 minute excerpt from the full 1 1/2 hour conference call on HR 5 and the reauthorization of NCLB.  https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/anita-hoge-on-the-women-on-the...

. For those of you that missed the call last night with Anita Hoge I am attaching a link.  I am also attaching a copy of HR5.  I have highlighted the parts that Anita speaks about on the call.  https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-c...

 

 Pros and Cons of HR5

https://www.isea.org/assets/document/IA/Pros-Cons_of_HR5.pdf

 

 

  Conservatives Must Fight for a Complete Opt-Out of NCLB

Conservatives in Congress should pursue the A-PLUS approach in order to restore educational decision making to state and local leaders, who are better positioned to make informed decisions about the needs of their school communities. The A-PLUS Act enables states to lead on education reform by allowing them to completely opt out of NCLB and to direct how their education dollars are spent. Including the A-PLUS approach in an ESEA reauthorization would enable states to consolidate their federal education funds authorized under NCLB to be used for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial. This allows states to opt out of the prescriptive programmatic requirements of NCLB and use funding in a way that will best meet students' needs.
 

STREAMLINING THE NCLB

At the same time, conservative policymakers should streamline NCLB by eliminating ineffective and duplicative programs, simplifying the programmatic labyrinth within the Department of Education, and increasing flexibility at the state and local levels.

 

Information provided from the following:

Karen Bracken
www.tnacc.net
www.americadontforget.com

AND

The Heritage Action.

Thank you for taking action on this critical bill. Your attention and time are greatly appreciated

GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS OUR AMERICA

 

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Comment by A Henley on February 25, 2015 at 7:53am

I sent an email to my US Representative to vote NO on HR-5 and S-227.  Thank you!!

Comment by FCTP on February 24, 2015 at 8:32pm



Common Core - Red Alert Update


Tomorrow is the last chance to stop Common Core at the federal level. We need to overwhelm the Congressional switchboard as we have done in the past. Below is the information we previously sent out plus more information on the Senate data mining bill S-277. Please call your US Representative and Senator tonight or tomorrow morning.

As you likely know, the Obama administration dangled waivers to No Child Left Behind in order to get states to adopt Common Core. While it will take state action to totally get rid of Common Core in Florida, up until now there was very little to do at the federal level, until now. The NCLB bill is up for re- authorization and unfortunately the reauthorization bill that just passed out of committee, HR-5 "Student Success Act", doesn't go nearly far enough to make needed reforms. A better alternative is the A-Plus Act which allows states to opt out and instead block grants funds to the states with no strings (A-PLUS is 12 pages vs. HR-5's 616 pages of mandates! Another alternative is the LEARN Act which also allows opting out of NCLB and returns the tax money to the states.

The federal data mining bill S-277 is also being heard on Tommorrow, Feb. 25th! If you  oppose federal overreach in education. S-227  (Strengthening Education through Research Act or SETRA) reauthorizes the 2002 Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) that has been very problematic because it started the concept of state longitudinal databases, stepped around the prohibition of a national database by creating "national cooperative education statistics systems,"  allowed personally identifiable information to go to international agencies, and removed the  previous penalties of fines and imprisonment for misusing individual student data. SETRA continues or worsens all of that. It is the Big Brother is Watching our Kids Act .

PLEASE ASK YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR (RUBIO OR NELSON) TO VOTE NO HR-5 AND S-227. They need to support the A-Plus-Act or the Learn Act.


For More information please read:

Florida Stop Common Core Coalition Article

Heritage Action articles:Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and A-PLUS: A Conservative Alternative to NCLB


Please call tonight or early tomorrow. Time is of the essence.




 

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