Good News! House Bill HR 610, the School Choice Act, Appears to Have Stalled
HR 610 was written to eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was passed as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” and to create block grants to “distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child.” It would also lower nutritional standards for free or reduced priced lunches.
Thanks to your efforts, the Network for Public Education generated over 32,000 emails to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to this bill. That is a job well done, members!
Be our Eyes and Ears in Your State
Voucher bills and bills that expand charter schools are popping up in nearly every state. When we learn of such bills, we create an action alert that produces a barrage of emails to lawmakers. We need your help in keeping us up to date.
Become a member of our state alert system. If you know of a bill in your state that would promote vouchers, so-called education savings accounts, or tax credit funded “scholarships” to private schools, let us know using the form below. If there is a bill that would expand charter schools or reduce their governing regulations, tell us.
You can find the sign-up form here. Please be sure to save it in your favorites for easy access.
We will then investigate the bill and help mobilize activists in your state.
NPE Action Welcomes Tina Andres to its Board of Directors
Tina Andres has been a public school teacher for 30 years in Santa Ana, California. She has taught elementary special education classes and middle school mathematics for 25 years. She has served as a math curriculum specialist, and mentored over 50 student teachers from public universities throughout her career. Tina is married with two children who attend Santa Ana schools. She is an active member of NEA and CTA and serves on the State Council. Tina is also a member of the BATs Board of Directors. She is a proud advocate for public schools. We welcome Tina to our NPE Action Board.
Are you a School Board Member? It’s Time to Organize!
NPE Action is creating a nationwide Grassroots School Board Members Network. If you are a member of a board of education, please sign up to join.
This new grassroots group will provide a means by which you can share resolutions, actions, and communicate with like-minded board members who are intent on supporting and preserving public education.
We believe that School Boards are vital for democratically goverend public schools, and we want to fight with you to make sure that the public understands their importance. We will also provide resources and information.
There is no cost to you–our only motivation is to help you find like-minded board members with whom you can communicate in this important struggle to save our public schools from privatization.
If you would like to join, please fill out our short form that you can find here. If you are not a school board member, please share the form with a school board member.
Thank you for your generosity
Thanks to your generosity, our Valentine fundraiser raised over $17,000 to help us do our work organizing pushback against DeVos and privatization. We will use those funds to monitor legislation at the state and federal level, to organize resistance against privatization bills, and to lobby on behalf of our public schools.
If you missed that giving campaign, we would still appreciate contributions. There is so much work to be done. You can give to NPE Action here.