Jul 19, 2013
House Republicans Let Students Down – Again
Instead of working on bills to create jobs, House Republicans just passed the “Letting Students Down Act,” an extremely partisan measure that would gut education funding by billions of dollars and undermine our students’ ability to compete globally for jobs.
The bill faces nearly universal opposition, from business and labor, to civil rights, student advocacy and education groups. The only group that supports the extreme, partisan measure is Tea Party House Republicans.
“Once again, House Republicans’ priorities are out of whack with the country; they would rather let students down than help them succeed,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Education is the key to getting a good job in our modern economy, but instead of passing any legislation that would actually create jobs or give students a chance, House Republicans are wasting time on this partisan bill that actually cuts funding for schools.”
Partisan House Republican Education Bill Would Gut Public Education by $1 Billion and Remove Critical Accountability Measures. “The bill would freeze education spending at sequester rates instead of restoring federal dollars to pre-sequester levels, which means public schools would receive $1 billion less next year. […] While its passage marked a victory for Republican leaders, the bill’s future is cloudy. President Obama has threatened to veto it, and Senate Democrats have crafted their own version that retains much of the current federal oversight of K-12 public education. Public education has largely been a bipartisan issue in Congress; Friday’s vote was the first time that major legislation was moved on a party line vote. […] The bill would delete a provision known as “maintenance of effort,” which currently ensures that states use federal dollars in addition to, and not as a replacement for, state and local dollars to help low-income, minority, disabled students and English learners. […] The bill eliminates the current accountability system, called adequate yearly progress, which requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014.” The bill received bipartisan opposition and was narrowly approved, 221-207. [Washington Post, 7/19/13; HR 5, Vote #374, 7/19/13]