H.R.899 – To terminate the Department of Education on12/31/18

Sponsor:Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4] (Introduced 02/07/2017)

H.R.86 – Providing amount$$ for the expenses of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress

Sponsor: Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5     CBO Cost Estimates [0]

H.J.Res.58 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues.Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]

This joint resolution nullifies the “Teacher Preparation Issues” rule finalized by the Department of Education on October 31, 2016. The rule implements requirements related to assessing the quality of teacher preparation programs under title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement) of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

H.R.719 – A PLUS ActSponsor:Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] (Introduced 01/27/2017)

Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act or the A PLUS Act 

This bill allows each state to receive federal elementary and secondary education funds on a consolidated basis and manage the funds to advance the educational policy of the state.

A declaration of intent must be formulated by a combination of specified state officials or by referendum and must list the programs for which consolidated funding is requested. States may use such funds for any educational purpose permitted by state law, but must make certain assurances that they will use fiscal control and fund accounting procedures, abide by federal civil rights laws, advance educational opportunities for the disadvantaged, and use federal funds to supplement rather than supplant state funding.

Each declaration state shall: (1) inform the public about its student achievement assessment system, (2) report annually on student progress toward the state’s proficiency standards by specified student groups, and (3) provide for the equitable participation of private school children and teachers in the same manner as provided for under current law.

These bills demonstrate the intentions to “fix” public education. If our elected officials cannot reform and provide healthcare, imagine the voucher system and funding for education. Imagine the future.

I encourage people to go review the bills being presented in the 115th Congress. Be informed. Do not rely on news media to keep you informed. Be warned many bills are still without summaries.


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