This Week: #StudentSuccess #Act #Amendments To Watch! #Education #Children #TCOT

All amendments below must be approved by House Rules Committee before they can be voted on the floor. LLPH may score any of these amendments in our scorecard; we reserve the right to add more amendments as we see fit. List of Amendments to Student Success Act and LLPH Positions:

#18: Garrett (R-NJ): Clarifies that states that opt out of receiving funds, or are not awarded funds, under this Act are not required to carry out any of the requirements of the programs under this Act. The amendment also clarifies that states are not required to participate in any program under this Act. (YES)

#21: Broun (R-GA): Revised Requires the Secretary of Education to include in their report to Congress the average salary of employees who were determined to be associated with eliminated or consolidated programs or projects by the underlying legislation and a report on the average salaries of the employees of the Department according to their job function. (Lean YES)

#22: Broun (R-GA): Revised Requires the Secretary of Education to produce a plan to reduce the Department of Education workforce by 5 percent after the initial reduction in the underlying bill. (YES)

#24: Polis (D-CO): Revised Establishes a comprehensive federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. (NO)

#25: Polis (D-CO) and Petri (R-WI): Allows charter schools to use grant funds for teacher preparation, professional development, and improving school conditions; ensures that charter schools expand outreach to low-income and underserved populations. (Lean YES)

#30: Cantor (R-VA) and Bishop (R-UT): Allows Title I funds to follow students to other public schools or charter schools, upon the state opting to allow it. (Lean YES)

#32: Luetkemeyer (R-MO): Expresses the sense of the Congress that States and local education agencies should maintain the rights and responsibilities of determining curriculum and assessments for elementary and secondary education. (Lean YES)

#35: Gibson (R-NY) and Takano (D-CA): Replaces yearly testing requirements for math and language arts/reading with the same grade span testing requirements in the underlying bill, and current law, for science. This returns federal requirements on testing frequency to pre-No Child Left Behind standards. Under the amendment, States would retain the ability to exceed federal testing requirements. (Lean YES)

#36: Kind (D-WI) and Schock (R-IL): Revised Ensures that schools are able to implement comprehensive, evidence-based physical education, activity, and fitness, and nutrition programs. (Lean NO-There is a bill that forces schools to do this written by the same two sponsors of this amendment. We will be watching this closely.)

#37: Takano (D-CA): Provides grants to strengthen the instruction of music and arts, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, history, geography, and physical education and health as an integral part of the elementary and secondary school curriculum. (Lean NO)

#39: Culberson (R-TX): Revised Empowers States by giving them the opportunity to accept or reject federal grant money. Grant money rejected by State legislatures would be dedicated to paying off our outstanding national debt. (YES)

#44: Schock (R-IL) and Meehan (R-PA): Ensures that greater authority and governance are restored to local educational agencies as delegated by their States. It also ensures that the Secretary of Education does not impose any additional requirements or burdens on local educational agencies unless explicitly authorized by federal law. (Lean YES)

#45: Thompson, Glenn (PA), Petri (WI), Hanna (NY), Kelly (PA), Barletta (PA), Slaughter (NY) : Adjusts the weighted child count used to determine targeted grant amounts and education finance incentive grant amounts for local educational agencies under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The amendment will gradually decrease the effects of number weighting, which redirects Title I funds away from all smaller school districts – both urban and rural – regardless of their poverty levels and toward districts with greater population. (Lean YES)

#46: Castro (D-TX): Authorizes a competitive grant program at the Department of Education that would fund the placement of college access advisers in high-need secondary schools. (Lean NO)

#48: Cardenas (D-CA): Revised Authorizes innovation grants to invest in research and development in educational technology to improve English proficiency and academic achievement for English Learners. (Lean NO)

#51: Cardenas (D-CA): Revised Increases the authorized funding level to $775,000,000 until FY 2019. (NO)

#58: Bentivolio (R-MI): Requires State educational agencies to consult with private sector employers and entrepreneurs as part of its education plan. It also requires the Secretary to have representatives from private sector employers appointed to the peer-review process by reducing practitioners from 75 percent to 65 percent. (Lean YES)

#59: Bishop (R-UT): Strikes all requirements to carry out teacher evaluations as a required use of funds. (YES)

#60: Bishop (R-UT): Makes Title 1 funds portable to public (including charter) schools and private schools. (Lean YES)

#63: Jackson-Lee (D-TX): Authorizes funds to be used to support accountability-based programs and activities designed to enhance school safety, which may include research based bullying prevention, cyber bullying prevention, and gang prevention programs, as well as intervention programs regarding bullying. (Lean NO)

#64: Jackson-Lee (D-TX): Provides grants to female college and university students taking courses in technology, engineering, or mathematics to mentor female high school students who are enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math as part of a dual enrollment program. (Lean NO)

#65: Mullin (R-OK): Late Revised Strikes language in the bill that allows consolidated districts to be eligible for payment if they do not qualify after consolidation; strikes language allowing for mid-year adjustment for student counts; makes the 8007 Construction Program a competitive grant program. (Lean YES)

#66: Duncan (R-SC): SUBSTITUTE Late Revised Substitutes the text of the bill with the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS, which allows states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to direct funding to their most pressing education needs. Specifically, A-PLUS sends funding under NCLB back to states in the form of block grants, and states would then be able to direct that funding to any education purpose under state law. (STRONG YES)

#67: Scalise (R-LA): Late States that under Title II in H.R. 5, there would be no federal mandate for States to conduct teacher evaluations. (YES)

#70: Velazquez (D-NY): Late Authorizes funding for the development of LGBT history and culture curricula. (NO)

#74: Salmon (R-AZ): Late Provides States with the flexibility to allocate Title I grant funds in a manner that follows the child. States may allocate these funds based on the number of eligible children enrolled in the public and private schools served. (Lean YES)

#76: Bishop (R-UT): Late Eliminates Subsection C of Section 2111, which allows grant money to bypass states and go directly from the Department of Education to local districts. (YES)

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