Here come the privatization and school voucher attempts... proposed bill released and kept quiet late January. Resist this first attempt to dismantle public schools and civil rights act from 1965!
House Bill 610: FIRST STEP TO DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EDUCATION , AND BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS.
Say good bye to our country's education system! Say good bye to public schools! Say good bye to equitable education.
You need to know this will makes some big changes. Inform yourselves.
This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.
In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting SN kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based
interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).
Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.
Here you find the CA Members of the House of Representatives:
Here are the party leaders in the House:
Phone: (661) 327-3611
Phone: (202) 225-3015
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