Capitol Hill Watch Alert
on Amendments to the
Left Behind Act of 2001 (H.R. 1)
The federalization of
the public school system seems too high a price to pay for the improvements
promised by H.R.1 - No Child Left Behind. (For
more information about this bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.00001:)
The current failures of
American public schools are a result of an already robust federal
role. Also troubling is the expedential growth of school spending
where the President's proposed increase of 11 percent has doubled
to 22 percent.
A series of votes are scheduled
this week on whether to adopt a "Straight A's" pilot program,
which would allow seven states and 28 school districts to spend federal
education grants as they want.
Also expected are amendments
to let a limited number of states try the voucher concept. One amendment,
for example, would allow schools to use federal funds for private
school tuition for students who had been victims of crimes within
It is expected that an
amendment that would bar federal money from schools that offer students
"morning-after" birth control pills will also be offered.
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to support the above amendments. However, if the amendments for flexibility
and choice are stripped from the plan and the federal control and
money remain, H.R. 1 ("No Child Left Behind") should be
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/NoChildLeftBehindHouseLetter.htm