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house Bill H.R. 495

Do States Need More Federal Grant Money To Better Educate Local Children?

Argument in favor

This bill gives power to states and local groups to dictate the one-the-ground solutions for strengthening student achievement.

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02/17/2015
From-above educational frameworks turn teachers into straitjacketed widget-makers; schools should be hives of innovation and free-thinking. Let educators decide how to improve their classrooms.
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05/22/2015
States need to make their own allocation of money and not the federal government.
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Crystal's Opinion
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10/01/2015
Give the money to the states and let them be accountable for education.
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Argument opposed

This bill sounds very lovely in theory — but without any strict measures of success, or even solid suggestions for programs, it feels like throwing grants at the problem.

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02/23/2015
It sounds nice, but who puts a bandaid on a bullet wound? We need sweeping educational reform starting with stripping the unions of their right to collective bargaining. Once we make the educators themselves accountable I'll hand you the bill to solve all our children's problems myself. With a brick on top.
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Donald's Opinion
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06/14/2015
Federal monies should go to public schools not any private schools.
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Stephen's Opinion
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06/28/2015
Let the states fund their own projects. States rights means states should not only create their own programs, but raise their own funds.
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What is House Bill H.R. 495?

This bill authorizes the Secretary of Education to award renewable five-year grants to states, local education agencies, and other community partners to ensure the academic, physical, social, emotional, and civic development of disadvantaged youth.


All states receiving grants would be required to develop and implement a state child and youth strategy assessing children’s needs and how the state’s assets can be coordinated to achieve quantifiable progress on the following goals:

 — Preparing children for school.

 — Getting students engaged and achieving in school.

 — Fostering physical, mental, social, and emotional health among students.

 — Safe and learning-positive school and neighborhood environments.

 — Students are ready for postsecondary education and 21st century careers.

 — Contributions to the community from students.

 — Ending chronic absence among students.


State level consortia and local education agencies would be directed to develop and implement a local child and youth strategy. This strategy should integrate multiple private and public services into a comprehensive, coordinated service directed toward achieving quantifiable progress towards such goals.


The Secretary of Education would be required to award competitive grants directly to local consortia if the funding falls below a specified amount.

Impact

Disadvantaged youth, local education agencies and consortia, states applying for Department of Education grants, the Department of Education, and the Secretary of Education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 495

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Public-private partnerships like those funded by Department of Education grants in this legislation are a relatively new method of improving conditions for disadvantaged youth. The Obama administration created such a program known as ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ with goals of expanding economic opportunity and improving educational outcomes.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Press Release (Previous Bill Version)

Community Service Council

Foundation Center

Community Schools

(Photo Credit: Flickr user United Nations Photo

AKA

Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement Act

Official Title

To strengthen student achievement and graduation rates and prepare young people for college, careers, and citizenship through innovative partnerships that meet the comprehensive needs of children and youth.

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      house Committees
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Health
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2015
    It sounds nice, but who puts a bandaid on a bullet wound? We need sweeping educational reform starting with stripping the unions of their right to collective bargaining. Once we make the educators themselves accountable I'll hand you the bill to solve all our children's problems myself. With a brick on top.
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    Federal monies should go to public schools not any private schools.
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    From-above educational frameworks turn teachers into straitjacketed widget-makers; schools should be hives of innovation and free-thinking. Let educators decide how to improve their classrooms.
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    States need to make their own allocation of money and not the federal government.
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    Let the states fund their own projects. States rights means states should not only create their own programs, but raise their own funds.
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    They have enough money already to brainwash our children with these stupid liberal ideas. With all the money they already get our young keep getting dumber and dumber. I think education should be handled and governed by the states .
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    The education system needs to be reformed to better assist different ways of thinking & learning.
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    First... get rid of the Education Department completely. That will save billions of dollars. Then just give the money to the states and let them decide what is best for them.
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    Considering the feds keep saying if you don't do what we want we won't give you money, NO. Besides, this is just throwing good money after bad. More money is NOT the answer. Liberal progressive policies and programs have been proven NOT to work. It's time for a paradigm shift and new narrative in our nation.
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    Give the money to the states and let them be accountable for education.
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    I want to federal government out of our schools
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    States need to keep tax dollars in the first place. Send any left-over dollars to DC. Tax dollars will not be diluted from supporting an already bloated federal bureaucracy.
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    "Free" money is destined to be badly spent. Let states and citizens keep their own tax dollars to better educate local children.
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    The question does not fully represent what this bill offers, but my answer to it is 'yes' because when done well, public-private partnerships contribute effectively towards addressing problems of a social nature. Too many states do not adequately support education from their revenues, and federal support is the major portion of education funding for them. The main issue in all public-private partnerships is oversight and having clear goals against which to measure progress towards those goals. An equally important issue is accountability. I support this bill if it includes strong reporting requirements and language that prevents and monitors for misuse of the funds and lays out clear selection and auditing criteria for both public and private partners involved.
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    This is a no-brainer
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    Throwing money at a problem doesn't fix it.
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    EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN TO MAKE THEM MORE COMPETITIVE ON THE GLOBAL STAGE! Increase spending in Education for America's future.
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    Give the States the money spent on the Federal Dept of Education so the money is spent to educate our children rather than trying to manage their diets.
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    So long as no strings are attached. States know best how to educate their citizens.
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    So the federal government can indoctrinate and control more of their liberal agenda.
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