Over CTA and NEA member objections, the House of Representatives on a partisan vote recently passed HR 5, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Now known as The "Student Success Act" (HR 5), the bill as currently written would undermine the federal government's role of helping to ensure equity of opportunity for all students. Specifically, the bill would reduce resources aimed to support the education of marginalized students and undermine teacher quality and the role of collective bargaining in constructing teacher evaluations.
Additionally, an amendment that passed, the Cantor amendment, will dilute the impact of the Title I program by creating vouchers that will drain Title I dollars from schools with high concentrations of poverty. We strongly opposed the amendment.
CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued this statement about the bill's passage.
While we were able to gain some amendments to HR 5, the measure is still not acceptable. Read NEA's letters opposing the bill here and here. CTA and NEA have an oppose position on the bill, and we urge you to get in touch with your U.S. Senator in opposition to the bill in its current form. As a classroom teacher or education support professional your voice matters to our elected leaders.
Let them know the reauthorized ESEA must provide more flexibility, empower educators, and focus on ESEA's original promise of equity and fairness for students.