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CTA President Comments on Passage of HR 5
BURLINGAME – The House of Representatives’ passage of the Student Success Act (HR 5) is a bad move that will negatively impact California’s students and erode the historical federal role in public education of targeting resources to students with greater needs as a means of helping to ensure equity of opportunity for all kids.
CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued this statement on the House’s action:
“At a time when California is reshaping the way of funding schools to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed, the House of Representatives passed a flawed bill that goes against the original intent of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to increase student learning and close achievement gaps. Congress must take the opportunity to address the real issues with ESEA and reauthorize the law so that it helps all our students succeed. Educators and parents know the one-size-fits-all approach of No Child Left Behind is destroying creativity and critical thinking skills in our classrooms. We need a federal law that puts students at the center of education reform and supports California’s efforts at ensuring equality. Our kids are counting on all of us.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.