There’s a new Muslim Travel Ban. It’s just as awful, if not moreso, than the previous one. Then there’s all the wire-tapping business — did it really happen and, if so, was it legal. You know, what has everyone up in arms, what’s spreading like wildfire on Facebook and blowing up Twitter. All these are extraordinarily important concerns and deserve action.
They’re also, partly, a smokescreen for other things that are going on in Congress. What follows was written by “roxiemoxie” on another site, and is reposted here with permission.
Hey! You got kids of the school-going age?
WELL, PAY ATTENTION, CAUSE NOW THIS IS HAPPENING!
House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves.
This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools. In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
ESEA is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.
The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting special needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) or the right to free and appropriate public education.
Some things ESEA does for Children with Disabilities:
* Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
* Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
* Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
* Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
* Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).
Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610).