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Letter to the Senate on Amendments to S. 1177

July 15, 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 as early as this afternoon. We will send additional letters on remaining amendments as need. 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 2100 by Senator Brown (D-OH) to amend title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a full-service community schools grant program.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2171 by Senator Heitkamp (D-ND) regarding tribal improvements to school and mental health integration.
  • Vote No on Amendment 2082 by Senator Hatch (R-UT) to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 relating to early learning.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2106 by Senator Warren (D-MA) to include specialized instructional support personnel in the literacy development of children.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2176 by Senator Markey (D-MA) to establish a climate change education program.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2177 by Senator Sanders (D-VT) to provide for youth jobs, and for other purposes.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2242 by Senator Casey (D-PA) to establish a Federal-State partnership to provide access to high-quality public prekindergarten programs from low-income and moderate-income families to ensure that they enter kindergarten preparer for success, and for other purposes.
  • Vote No on Amendment 2180 by Senator Cruz (R-TX), which would eliminate improvements in the underlying bill to assessments and accountability.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2130 by Senator Schatz (D-HI) to amend Title I to support assessments of school facilities.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2186 by Senator Murphy (D-CT) to establish the Promise Neighborhoods program. 
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2215 by Senator Nelson (D-FL) to include partnering with current and recently retired STEM professionals and tailoring educational resources to engage students and teachers in STEM.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2222 by Senator Manchin (D-WV) to require State Education Agencies to include in the state plan consideration of how they will provide support to Local Education Agencies for the education of children and youth facing substance abuse in the home.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2188 by Senator Baldwin (D-WI) to increase the number and percentage of students who successfully matriculate from middle school to high school and graduate from high school college- and career-ready with the ability to use knowledge to solve complex problems, think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and develop academic mindsets, and for other purposes.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2156 by Senator Capito (R-WV) to amend the State report card under section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on 1965 to include the rates of enrollment in postsecondary education, and remediation rates, for high schools.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2232 by Senator Thune (R-SD) to expand project SERV in a common sense way to address needs of communities dealing with crises.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2256 by Senator King (I-ME) which amends allowable uses within I-TECH to help support students without home internet access to bridge the homework gap.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2240 by Senators Schatz (D-HI) and Murkowski (R-AK) to provide a study to evaluate all levels of education being provided primarily through the medium of Native American and Alaska Native languages and to require a report of the findings.
  • Vote Yes on Amendment 2249 by Senator Warren (D-MA) to amend state plan requirements to ensure availability of cross-tabulated student data.

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