Capitol Hill Watch Alert
expected in early June on The Better Education for Students and Teachers
The vote on The Better
Education for Students and Teachers Act (S1) is expected in early
As a result of several
amendments, the bill's funding levels have exploded while the new
bill creates more red tape placing further limits on local flexibility.
School vouchers have been eliminated from the plan, which would have
given federal money to parents of children in failing schools to use
for private school tuition and transportation expenses. The Straight
A's program, which would have eliminated specific federal education
programs and given local officials the choice of how to spend money
from Washington, has also been watered-down.
The Education Finance Incentive
Program, proposed by S.1., would provide measurement systems for states
that Washington considers to have a better education financing system.
States that spend more money with no regard for how those resources
are used would be rewarded by the complicated formula.
Another program from The
Better Education for Students and Teachers Act, a Hate Crimes Prevention
Program, would provide training, curricula, and instructional materials
for the prevention of "crime and conflicts motivated by hate."
The Innovative Education
Program Strategies (IEPS) program would authorize funding to duplicate
programs that are in other actions of the bill.
The proposed Senate bill
would also make few changes in the existing and failing programs for
students in bilingual education programs. In addition, the measure
would offer no provision to protect teachers, principals, and school
board members from liabilities when they undertake reasonable actions
to maintain order and discipline in the classroom.
What Can You Do?
Please urge your senators
not to support The Better Education for Students and Teachers Act
(S.1) because it expands the failed federal educational programs of
the American public school system. The bill also fails to provide
the flexibility and accountability needed in today's public school
system through the reduction of the government's control over American
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senators' offices.)
To go to your
senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
To view a
sample letter to a senator, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.orgThe/BetterEducationForStudentsLetter.htm