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house Bill H.R. 610

To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedJanuary 23rd, 2017

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Official Title

To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.

Summary

Choices in Education Act of 2017 This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states. The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA's geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses. To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child. No Hungry Kids Act The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires 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 is wrong! Please do not pass this bill. This is a thinly veiled attempt to push kids in to charter schools which don't have to achieve any standards and are accountable to no one. Charter schools have not achieved any great educational leaps forward. Meanwhile, public schools languish with constant cutbacks from state governments. The nutritional standards are important. For many poor children this is the only balanced meal they get in a day. That is more important than having more fast food being served in our schools.
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    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).
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    I strongly oppose school voucher systems, the subsidizing of private schools, and especially the repeal of the rule requiring appropriate nutritional standards for school lunches. To enact these changes would weaken our public school system, and would do a serious disservice to schoolchildren.
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    This bill repeals ESSA. Seriously??? And what is the plan to replace ESSA?Reasons for Concern: Basically, the new bill defines how federal funds will be allotted per child to states for educational purposes. And how the allotment/vouchers can be used. THE BIG ISSUE here is this bill abolishes ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act. No replacement indicated. Flat out repeal. If you would like to see the details of the ESSA/No Child Left Behind bill please see PDF below. It’s a long document but one that will serve all of us as we protest to protect our children’s education. How does this bill relate to IDEA: This bill repeals ESSA. Within ESSA are the following provisions and safeguards which are related to IDEA. These provisions and safeguards are at risk of being repealed by bill 610!!!!! Taken directly from the ESSA bill (which is currently at risk of being repealed): ``(i) In general.--The State may, through a documented and validated standards-setting process, adopt alternate academic achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, provided those standards-- ``(I) are aligned with the challenging State academic content standards under subparagraph (A); ``(II) promote access to the general education curriculum, consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.); ``(III) reflect professional judgment as to the highest possible standards achievable by such students; ``(IV) are designated in the individualized education program developed under section 614(d)(3) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(3)) for each such student as the academic achievement standards that will be used for the student; and ``(V) are aligned to ensure that a student who meets the alternate academic achievement standards is on track to pursue postsecondary education or employment, consistent with the purposes of Public Law 93-112, as in effect on July 22, 2014. ``(ii) Prohibition on any other alternate or modified academic achievement standards.--A State shall not develop, or implement for use under this part, any alternate academic achievement standards for children with disabilities that are not alternate academic achievement standards that meet the requirements of clause (i). ``(F) English language proficiency standards.--Each State plan shall demonstrate that the State has adopted English language proficiency standards that… And of interest, later in the ESSA bill it states: ``(ii) Federal control.--The Secretary shall not have the authority to mandate, direct, control, coerce, or exercise any direction or supervision over any of the challenging State academic standards adopted or implemented by a State. What to do if you are concerned: Please call your Representatives and advocate NO on HR 610. Just read the ESSA and pick one or two issues that you believe should not be repealed. My reasons are above, perhaps your reasons may include protecting academic standards which are the main points in ESSA.ESSA Bill (This is what is at risk of being repealed) https://www.congress.gov/bi…/114th-congress/senate-bill/1177
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    I am actually very much in favor of school choice, and I have no problem with making public, private, and charter schools compete for consumer dollars. However, I say "Nay" because funds come with regulations that even private schools must comply with in order to be eligible to receive funding, just like happens right now with colleges and universities. How about you just lower taxes and let people keep their money in the first place, rather than giving a portion of it back after you've paid for the bureaucracy? I'm against federal vouchers because I don't think that actually increases freedom. I think that's going to come with waste and oversight. Just let the people keep their money in the first place.
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    Get the federal government out of education! Abolish the Dept. of Education. (This is not a personal rejection of Sec. DeVos.) Education is simply a state and/or local matter. AND PLEASE QUIT OFFERING GRANTS FOR EVERY LITTLE THING! YOU SHOULD BE DOWNSIZING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND CUTTING SPENDING!!!
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    No voucher program, if parents want their child to go to a private school they can pay like everyone else. Public school funds need to remain in public schools.
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    Stop starving public schools, sending middle and upper class children to unaccountable private schools while never providing meaningful support to low-performing schools
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    The public school system is the backbone of our nation. Funds should be directed toward improving public schools, and private schools should have to raise their own funds and rely on tuition. I think a voucher system would disproportionately affect students in low-income areas. As for the nutrition component, I have no idea why that should be rolled back. We know that Americans in general, and especially our children, don't get enough nutrient-dense food. Healthy students will be better students.
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    This would devastate the public school system and create extremely unequal educational standards. Also, what do you have against healthy school meals?
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    As a future homeschooling parent, I oppose H.R. 610. I do not want to receive federal vouchers. Government money will ultimately lead to government control and regulation, which will stifle the success of homeschooling. To the representatives who introduced this bill, I am grateful for your past support of homeschool freedom, and urge that you protect the future of homeschooling by rewriting H.R. 610 to ensure that homeschools, and homeschools defined by state laws as private schools, do not receive federal money.
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    All taxpayer money allocated to education should be used to support our failing public schools - whose diversity is instrumental to maintaining democracy.
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    Vouchers take money from public schools.
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    Every single teacher I know is opposed. Please, I beg you, listen to the teachers we have left. It is an impossible profession and if you choose to make it even worse, we will lose them all.
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    We must protect the funding of our public schools so that ALL CHILDREN will have access to good schools and that Privatized corporate schools cannot reap profits from government distribution of public funds.
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    Tax payer money should not go to private religious schools.
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    My son is able to mainstreamed, and is performing near grade level, because of the support his IEP provides. Please don't defund public schools and sell my son's future off to the private sector. The country will have to pay a lot more later if my people like my son are not able to support themselves as adults.
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    This bill will ultimately damage our educational system and put kids with special needs at even more of a disadvantage. And why would we even think about repealing the No Hungry Kids Act?!?
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    This is so wrong on so many levels. What are you thinking? Do you want a malnourished, under educated population coming of age in this country when it is such a global economy and we need smarter people not worse. We will have no competitive leg to stand on and you will create a dumbed down society believing in whatever warped ideas their charter school practiced. This is not American at all and needs to stop now. Enough of the crazy and get back to governing properly.
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    Some kids rely on their education to get them our of poor situation they were born into, why should we take that away?!
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