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Capps Votes Against Education Legislation Authorizing $1 Billion in Cuts

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, voted Friday against House Resolution 5, the Student Success Act, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly known as No Child Left Behind, at sequestration levels.

This $1 billion cut to education is coupled with the removal of standards that ensure schools are preparing students for the future work force, the removal of protections for students with disabilities, and the elimination of support for after-school programs and student support services. The bill passed by a party line vote, 221-207, and is not expected to pass in the Senate.

“A good education has never been more important to a student’s future, as well as the economic growth of our country. H.R. 5 is dangerous — it does nothing but undermine our responsibility to ensure equity in education and makes permanent over $1 billion in harmful sequester cuts to our children’s future,” Capps said. “Instead of improving our education system, this bill eliminates and weakens protections for disadvantaged students and does nothing to ensure our students are prepared to compete in a global economy.

“This bill is the wrong direction for our children and our nation. We should be providing our schools and teachers with the flexibility they need and the resources they deserve to help our students succeed.”

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was originally passed in 1965 to ensure every child receives a high-quality education, regardless of where they live. The bill determines federal funding for K-12 education programs working to boost student achievement.

The Student Success Act lacks accountability measures to ensure our schools and states are graduating students and preparing them for college or the work force, policies that are harmful to the nation’s future economic growth. The bill also would eliminate provisions ensuring students with disabilities and English language learners are provided with equal education opportunities. Finally, the bill would eliminate funding for after-school programs and social and emotional support services, while allowing public education funding to be shifted away from the poorest schools in the country.

The bill was opposed by the following business, labor, civil rights, disability and education groups:

» U.S. Chamber of Commerce
» Business Roundtable
» American Federation of Teachers
» National Education Association
» Congressional Black Caucus
» Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
» Congressional Hispanic Caucus
» Congressional Progressive Caucus
» The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
» Latino Elected and Appointed Officials: National Taskforce on Education
» Hispanic Education Coalition
» League of United Latin American Citizens
» National Congress of American Indians
» National Council of La Raza
» NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc.
» Advocacy Institute
» American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
» National Indian Education Association
» Native Hawaiian Education Council
» Tribal Education Departments National Assembly
» Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
» United South and Eastern Tribes
» American Association of University Women
» American Civil Liberties Union
» Association of People Supporting Employment First
» Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
» Autism National Committee
» Autism Society of America
» Center for American Progress Action Fund
» Center for Law and Education
» Children’s Defense Fund
» Consortium for Citizens for Disabilities
» Council for Exceptional Children
» Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
» Council of the Great City Schools
» Democrats for Education Reform
» Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
» Easter Seals
» The Education Trust
» First Focus Campaign for Children
» Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network
»  Institute for Educational Leadership
» Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
» Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
» Mental Health America
» Minneapolis Public Schools
» National Association of State Directors of Special Education Inc.
» National Center for Learning Disabilities
» National Disability Rights Network
» National Down Syndrome Congress
» National Down Syndrome Society
» National Fragile X Foundation
» National Center for Learning Disabilities
» National Disability Rights Network
» National Urban League
» National Women’s Law Center
» The New Teacher Project
» Physician-Parent Caregivers
» Public Advocates
» Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
» Southern poverty Law Center
» United Cerebral Palsy
» Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination
» Educators for Excellence
» TeachPlus
» STEM Education Coalition
» Association of University Centers on Disabilities
» Committee for Education Funding
» National PTA
» National Association of School Psychologists
» PACER Center

— Chris Meagher is press secretary for Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.


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