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Letter to the Senate on S. 1177 Amendments being voted on July 14

July 14, 2015

Dear Senator: 

On behalf of the three million members of the National Education Association and the students they serve, and as a follow-up to our letter on the underlying bill, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177), we wish to share our views on selected amendments expected to be voted on this afternoon. Votes associated with these issues may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 114th Congress.

NEA urges the following actions on these amendments: 

  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2194 by Senator Isakson (R-GA) to require local educational agencies to inform parents of any State or local educational agency policy, procedure, or parental right regarding student participation in any mandated assessments for that school year.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2169 by Senator Booker (D-NJ) to require a State’s report card to include information on the graduation rates of homeless children and children in foster care.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2210 by Senator Bennet (D-CO) to require States to establish a limit on the aggregate amount of time spent on assessments.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2162 by Senator Lee (R-UT) to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 relating to parental notification and opt-out of assessments.  

We thank you for your consideration of our views on these amendments, and look forward to continuing to work with all senators to pass the strongest possible bill that provides all students with a quality, well-rounded education no matter their zip code. 

Sincerely,  

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations