U.S. House could take vote on Student Success Act today

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives considered amendments to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. H.R. 5 is the House’s bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind.

A vote is expected on the entire bill today (although this can change).

The House Rules Committee met Wednesday to decide on a structured rule to govern floor debate on H.R. 5. The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order 44 amendments, which means they can be brought to the floor for debate and consideration. View the full list of the amendments. National School Boards Association (NSBA) officials are pleased that there were no voucher amendments made in order for floor consideration Thursday and Friday.

NSBA lobbyists continue to stay in communication with Hill staff, analyze the amendments that are going to the floor, scrutinize the floor action and canvass intelligence received from our field and other interest groups. NSBA is not unilaterally supporting nor opposing H.R. 5. NSBA appreciates that Section 6528 of H.R. 5 includes the provision advanced by NSBA that affirms local school board governance and that H.R. 5 does not include vouchers.

NSBA’s concerns: The bill’s provisions for Title I portability and authorizations for level funding allocations each fiscal year from 2016 to 2021 for Title I grants and related programs, and the bill’s exclusion of maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions (which could impact some districts).

If you are contacted by a Congressional office and more information is requested, please share the NSBA letter and their ESEA comparison chart which has been updated to reflect H.R. 5.

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