THIS IS AN ALL HANDS ON DECK RED ALERT! Congressional education leaders have reached a behind closed doors framework agreement on the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to Education Week, Congress is poised to ram this through quickly at the end of the year while people are distracted by the holidays and the presidential primaries:
Expect the conference to kick off next Tuesday night [TOMORROW 11/17] and conclude by Thursday. And expect the bill to be on the floor of both chambers after Thanksgiving recess. That will give enough time for rank-and-file lawmakers to read it and make sure they understand what’s in it before they have to vote on it.
Here is a short note that you can copy and paste or adapt into an email or message your members on Facebook.
No parental opt-out provision The one excellent piece of parental rights language in the House bill has been removed and the 95% test participation mandate remains. This is unacceptable to me as a parent and will also continue forcing our teachers to teach to the test instead of meeting the individual needs of students.
This conference report is completely unacceptable. While much of the Common Core system with its associated tentacles was implemented via regulatory fiat without Congressional vote or oversight, a vote for this bill will be seen by me as your affirmation of all that is wrong with federal interference in education. This system is harming students, teachers, school boards, states, and local districts. We need a bill signed by a president that understands and will follow the rule of law and will not participate in the destruction of public education, not a lame duck with an abysmal record of overreach and harm to teachers.
In addition to your own representative and senators, it is very important to contact the full congressional leadership and the education leadership. Here are some tweets that you can send yourself or go to the links and retweet or substitute the names of your own members:
@repjohnkline Listen to 200+ parent groups in 46 states! http://bit.ly/1Lj6uz5 Slay the beast! #StopESEA #EndFedEd
@SenAlexander Listen to 200+ parent groups in 46 states! http://bit.ly/1Lj6uz5 Slay the beast! #StopESEA #EndFedEd
@PattyMurray ESEA keeps fed testing mandates. Teachers have to teach to invalid standards/test or leave students #StopESEA #LetTeachersTeach
Thank you for all you are doing to protect the hearts and minds of our children!
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