From the Network for Public Education:
In late January, HR 610 was introduced by Steve King of Iowa, with representatives from Maryland, Texas and Arizona signing on.
You can read a summary of the bill here.
HR 610, the School Choice Act, would eliminate the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was passed as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”
Federal funds would be used instead to create “block grants” to be
used to “distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll
their child in a private school or to home-school their child.” It would
also roll back nutritional standards for free lunches for poor
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will hurt school funding for disabled students. Write Congress and tell them to preserve Medicaid school funding for kids.*
It is very clear that bills like HR 610, which would provide vouchers to private and religious schools, would be supported by both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. In fact, it would appear that every alternative to democratically controlled public schools will be favored, while a clear bias against public schools will exist.
Send an email today to your Representatives that says, “Do not sign on to or support HR 610.” We make it easy to do. Just click here.
We need to send a clear message that we cannot afford, nor do we support, private and religious school vouchers. We do not want our public schools defunded as private schools, religious schools, charters and online for-profits are pushed.
*They are referring to the fact that school districts receive
Medicaid dollars for some Sped students. HB 610 will eliminate the
ESSA and thus those dollars.