Advocacy Conference Wrap Up: House Passes ESEA!

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Capping off a great week for AASA’s annual advocacy conference—this year in conjunction with our friends at ASBO International—the House and Senate both moved forward with their ESEA proposals. The Senate continues to debate amendments, and the House passed the Student Success Act (HR 5).

HOUSE: The House considered 18 amendments during debate before passing the final bill by a slim 5-vote margin, 218-213. (See how your Representative voted!) Read AASA's letter of support. The House is now waiting for the Senate to pass the Every Child Achieves Act, so the two bills can be conferenced and sent to the President's desk. 

Thanks to the pressure from AASA members, an amendment to incorporate the A-PLUS Act, failed by a vote of 195-235. The A-PLUS Act would have allowed states to take any and all federal funding they receive and direct these funds to private schools. You can read the letter AASA sent asking the House to oppose A-PLUS here.

SENATE: The Senate entered day three of ESEA debate, completing another round of amendments. The Senate is expected to complete amendment debate and final vote on the bill early next week. Keep the pressure on your Senators! Here is the latest summary of all introduced amendments. Read AASA's letter of support! No more votes till Monday.

The Senate took a vote to incorporate the A-PLUS Act on Thursday morning, and it, too, failed by a vote of 44-54.


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