The ESEA Reauthorization Process Stinks

Photo credit: Rob Crawley (CC-By-2.0)
Photo credit: Rob Crawley (CC-By-2.0)

I recently wrote about the compromises that had been reported in the framework for the Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill.  The language of this framework has yet to see the light of day.

We have learned that the conferees for the ESEA reauthorization reconciliation received a hard copy of compromise bill on Tuesday night. ¬†Hard copies are not easily shared. ¬†Erin Tuttle of Hoosiers Against Common Core, who has been unable to obtain a copy of the framework,¬†shared in an email that she was told the bill was 5 to 6 inches thick and didn’t have page numbers.

The conference committee is being rushed along when it would take at least a month to go through this bill.

Not only does the bill stink, from what we’ve been able to learn about it, the process stinks as well. ¬†This is not how a constitutional republic is supposed to work. ¬†In the interest of transparency this bill needs to be shot down.

Here is a list of the House Conferees and their Twitter handles courtesy of Karen Effrem:

  • Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman, Committee on Education and the Workforce¬† @repjohnkline
  • Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education¬† @toddrokita
  • Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)¬† @VirginiaFoxx
  • Rep. David P. Roe (R-TN)¬† ¬†@DrPhilRoe
  • Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) @CongressmanGT
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)¬† @brettguthrie
  • Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN)¬† @RepLukeMesser
  • Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) @reprussell
  • Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) @repcurbelo
  • Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)¬† @repgrothman