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House Passes Education Reauthorization Bill that Leaves Children Behind

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Washington, July 10, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments
Congressman Don Beyer expressed disappointment with H.R. 5, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), that passed the House of Representatives today with on a partisan vote of 218-213.  
“This bill undermines federal support for students who need it, reduces the number of teachers across the country, and weakens funding for critical school programs,” said Rep. Beyer. “We must do better than this to bridge the inequality gap and produce the highly educated students the global 21st century economy demands; otherwise we risk being left behind.”
House Democrats introduced their own ESEA reauthorization as a substitute amendment to H.R. 5, which included Rep. Beyer’s Keeping All Students Safe Act.  Beyer’s legislation established minimum safety standards in schools similar to protections already in place in hospitals and non-medical community-based facilities.  
His legislation was included as part of the Democrats’ Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal, which has been offered as a substitute amendment to H.R. 5, the Republican rewrite of ESEA.  
The substitute amendment was defeated in a partisan vote of 187-244.
Click here to learn more about The Keeping All Students Safe Act.
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