Capitol Hill Watch Alert
Expected in the Full House on the
Left Behind Act of 2001 (H.R. 1)
The No Child Left behind Act of 2001 (H.R. 1)
may be voted on by the full House as early as May 16, 2001. The measure
fails to offer vouchers to low-income parents who have children in
poorly performing public schools. However, to purchase after-school
tutoring for their children, the bill would give qualified low-income
parents vouchers they could use to enroll children in private, remedial
tutoring services. Unfortunately, the measure lets schools fail for
four years before any vouchers are given to parents. (For more information
about this bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.00001:)
Straight A's, which would give states virtually
unfettered freedom to shift money not only between programs but between
districts for states that agree to meet high specified goals for student
performance, is not included in the bill.
Furthermore, states would be allowed to measure
student performance using different tests during different years.
For example, states could not accurately compare results of these
disparate exams because schools would be allowed to use local exams
one year and commercially available national tests the next.
Please urge your representative not to support
the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Although the measure does yield
greater accountability, its testing provision would not provide accurate
information on the results their efforts are achieving and parents
are not offered enough choice so their children have greater opportunities
to achieve. The academic ills of American schools can only be cured
by fundamental reform that strives to increase academic achievement
through less regulation, accountability and academic achievement through
Can You Do?
Send a message
to your national congressman expressing
your opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
representative and urge him/her to reject the No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001 (H.R. 1).
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
To go to your
representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your
representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
To view a
sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/NoChildLeftBehindLetter.htm