SAD DAY FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES:
The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced BILL 610. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5 to 17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.
1. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. It is a 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) and Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) does the following 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 1 plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduces the uses of aversive behavioral interventions such as restraints and seclusion.
2. The bill abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day (I WAS ONE OF THOSE CHILDREN.) The current act of 2012 requires to schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals, reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements. This would effect 30 million children eating at school and 19.8 million on free and reduced lunches.
3. The bill has zero wording whatsoever protecting special needs kids and no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975 and 2004/2006 under George Bush) and FAPE (1973 Act which is Free and Appropriate Public Education).
PLEASE CALL YOUR RESPRESENTATIVE AND ASK HIM/ER TO VOTE NO, NO, NO ON HOUSE BILL 610 (HR 610) INTRODUCED BY THREE REPUBLICAN REPS. THANKS FOR ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION’S YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES! WE MUST STAND UP FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES! THIS BILL KILLS DECADES OF WORK DONE TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN…ALL OF OUR CHILDREN IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER!
SUSIE BEAN GIVES TEAM