All Bill Information (Except Text) for H.R.610 – To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.
Introduced in House (01/23/2017)
Choices in Education Act of 2017
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.)
We’ve been bitching for years to eliminate the United States Department of Education as we know it! We’ve been bitching for years about the overreach of the United States Department of Education into local decision making!
As far as school nutrition, the states can set the same standards! So no big loss! And it’s time to end pizza! Back in my day, pizza day was a slice cheese and sauce on a two halves of a flat sandwich roll sprinkled with oregano made by the lunch ladies.
The bottom-line is, federally funded school vouchers will be targeted towards Title 1 students! If you think about it, Title 1 students are the most undeserved! Many say, Title 1 was an unfunded program! But hello! It was meant to be supplemental funding and not meant for federally funded teacher to be counted in the state unit count re: class size act. I oppose school vouchers because we’ll see privates school popup that won’t serve these children any better than many traditional public schools and charter schools designed for at-risk students.
Transitional public schools have become a Titanic where charter schools and magnet schools are so-called lifeboats. Former Governor Carper and Markell torpedoed traditional schools them with signing the charter school law and supporting a Wall Street ponzi schemes like Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. Also allowing the likes of Rodel to have a stronger voice in reform than parents.
If this legislation makes it to law Governor John Carney will say, “they made an offer we can’t refuse”! He won’t let the block grant go by! Delaware is $$$$$ hurting thanks to Jack Markell! Delaware will be face with take the money with the Trojan Horse or not! If we don’t many public and charter school teachers will be unemployed! At-risk Charter schools will collapse!
The real question what kind of parent would even want to participate in a school voucher program! Why is the Fed pushing something nobody wants?