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House Passes K-12 Education Reform Bill

September 1, 2013. The House recently passed an Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill (a.k.a., No Child Left Behind). The bill, HR 5, eliminates 70 existing federal programs including the Teaching American History (TAH) grants program at the Department of Education. Even though Congress has not funded TAH since fiscal 2011, the House's action goes further by revoking authorization for the program. The Senate version does not include such a provision. HR 5 passed the House by a slim margin of 221–207, with 12 Republicans joining all 195 Democrats in opposing the bill. The Obama administration has already made it clear the President would veto the bill and it has no chance of passing the Senate. The Senate version of the ESEA bill, S. 1094, is not expected to come to the floor until sometime this fall. It would create a competitive "well-rounded education" grant fund aimed at low-income districts and would provide funding for history arts, music, civics, economics, health and physical education, foreign languages, and other subjects. However, there would be no guaranteed funding stream, and history would be competing with the other subjects for money. --Lee White, National Coalition for History

Posted: September 1, 2013
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy