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NSBA Applauds Senate Vote on School Choice Amendment as ESEA Reauthorization Continues

July 14, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (July 14, 2015) - As the rewrite of No Child Left Behind progresses, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to strongly oppose authorizing the use of federal dollars for private education. On behalf of the nation’s 90,000 school board members, NSBA recently announced a call to action against adoption of any amendments that would support private vouchers, tuition tax credits, or expand existing voucher programs. 

This week, the Senate continues consideration of the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) offered a Title I amendment on school choice, which failed by a vote of 45-51. The amendment sought to allow funds from Title I grants for disadvantaged students to follow any eligible student who would choose to attend any public or private school within their respective district. It also would have required the U.S. Department of Education to assess graduation rates for Title I students who decide to enroll in private schools.

“NSBA appreciates the Senate’s diligence in keeping this reauthorization process moving forward,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “From early education to college and career readiness, the Senate floor debate is addressing a wide range of concerns pertinent to public school students and school districts’ priorities for academic achievement.”

Today’s recent vote on school choice underscores the position of NSBA’s policy-making body, Delegate Assembly, that public funds should not be used, directly or indirectly, to fund private education through tax credits, vouchers, or a choice system.

During this historic reauthorization process, NSBA, the leading advocate for public education, will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve a modernized ESEA that opposes diverting federal dollars to non-public schools.

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.nsba.org 

Continue to follow @NSBAComm for live updates of further Senate floor activities. 

 

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