GOP rejects provision to increase funds for PSS

Jul 22, 2013

on July 19, the Republican-led House narrowly passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, by a vote of 221-207. No Democrats voted for the bill in contrast to past bipartisan reauthorizations of ESEA. Inadequate funding for our schools is part of the reason; the Republican measure locks in sequester-level funding through 2019. The bill also moves away from the equity and accountability standards established in No Child Left Behind, President George Bush’s signature education policy enacted in 2002. Democrats offered a substitute to H.R. 5, maintaining the civil rights and equity focus of the law. I voted for the Democrat proposal in committee. It included my provision that would double the amount of Title I-A funding allocated to the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System and to the other insular areas.  Title I-A funds are meant to help students living in poor families receive a high quality K-12 education.  Republicans voted down the Democratic substitute with the PSS funding increase.