EDUCATION ISSUE H.R. 610:
What You Need to Know
Background: On January 23, 2017 Representative Steve King of Iowa introduced H.R.610 – a bill that would distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.
Issue: This bill threatens funding to public schools and equal opportunity in education. This bill is designed to take federal funds from public schools by dismantling Block Grants programs and other programs that are in place to assist communities of color.
What will the Bill Do?
- It seeks to eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
- It limits the U.S. Department of Educations authority.
- It would distribute funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers to eligible students (pushing for school choice) and would repeal certain nutrition standards for school lunches nationwide.
- It will impact programs for students with disa-bilities.
Status of the Bill:
The Bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education pending a hearing before it comes to the floor for a vote.
You can download a copy of this article here: H.R. 610 EDUCATION REFORM.pdf
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