Two days… two days is all the conferees on the ESEA reauthorization bill had to consider this bill. The language still has not been released, and all but one conferee voted to send this bill out of the conference committee today. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted no by proxy.
There were eleven amendments added that don’t really offer any improvements that we can see (not that we have seen the bill). The bill will not be made public until November 30. The House will take up the bill on December 2nd. It is uncertain when a vote will take place.
This bill barely passed the House 218 to 213 with some amendments that made it more palatable for conservatives. This bill, it has been reported (though no one has actually seen the bill) has any of those provisions.
So it is vitally important that we overwhelm the phones, Twitter accounts, and email of our U.S. Representative, and other members of Congress as well. This ESEA reauthorization must be killed in the U.S. House.