Congresswoman Susan Davis Opposes Bill to Undermine U.S. Education
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed the Majority’s bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The so-called Student Success Act (H.R. 5) ends oversight of federal tax dollars spent on education, gives up on our nation’s neediest students, and would flat line federal spending on education.
“When did ‘local control’ come to mean spend federal dollars but ditch the federal oversight?” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “When I was a member of the school board in San Diego, federal safeguards helped us to ensure that federal funds went to the students in most need. There’s no doubt that No Child Left Behind is not working and needs to be reformed. But the bill before the House today would widen the achievement gap and leave so many children behind.”
When the House began consideration of H.R. 5 in February, it unanimously approved an amendment offered by Davis. Her amendment clarified the definition of school leader to ensure resources of support would go where they were intended – school principals.
“Unless current language in the bill is changed, it’s possible that off-site school administrators could become eligible for professional development funds currently aimed at improving the quality of our nation’s school principals,” said Davis.
Also included in H.R. 5 was language from Davis’s Helping Military Children Succeed in School Act, creating a military student identifier to provide the data needed to address the diverse challenges they face. Specifically, a report-only subgroup for military-connected students would allow schools and districts to effectively track these students’ performance. This data would then help educators identify areas of concern, develop best practices, and deploy targeted solutions to help military-connected student succeed.
A major point of contention in H.R. 5 was the “portable” provisions where federal tax dollars would follow students to other schools, including charter and private schools. As a result, the San Diego City School District could lose $4 million in Title I funding, according to an analysis by the Department of Education.
The White House has issued a veto threat over H.R. 5 in its current form.