Action Agenda: Stop Congress from Dismantling Public Education

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Rep. Steve King has introduced H.R. 610 to effectively dismantle the K-12 public education system in the United States. The bill would remove federal funding from all public schools. The Department of Education would only be allowed to provide “block grants” to schools in states that meet new, unspecified criteria. The bill also removes the guaranteed minimum nutritional standard from school lunch programs.

“This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)”

This is unconscionable. To find out what you can do to stop this bill click here. To read the full text of the bill click here.

Support: Sign on w/Sen. Murray Against Betsy DeVos

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