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Bonamici Votes Against House Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Bill

July 19, 2013
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 5, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind).

“It’s clear that we need long-term thinking and real changes to improve the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and give our students schools worthy of their potential.

“For years, parents, students, and teachers have called for changes to No Child Left Behind. H.R. 5 does some things right, but too many things wrong. It underfunds Title 1, cutting funding to the schools most in need of our support. It allows students with disabilities to be taught at lower standards, letting those who need the most attention fall through the cracks. It weakens provisions that assist homeless students, leaves too much emphasis on the failed strategy of basing teacher evaluations on student achievement, and it perpetuates inequality.

“This bill also represents a missed opportunity. We could and should be working on legislation that includes more support for STEM education. We could include provisions to ensure that every student receives a well-rounded education that includes civics, the arts, and music. We should be focusing on the whole child to ensure that every student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. But this bill doesn’t address these challenges, and I cannot support it.