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Tuesday morning the Senate resumes debate on SB1177, please take action.

Last week, the House voted to pass the renewal of the No Child Left Behind. The only GA Republican who voted against this bill was Jody Hice from District 10. (We wanted them to vote "no.") Now, the bill will be combined with the Senate version, SB1177, "Every Child Achieves Act." The Senate is set to vote on it this week.  Please call our two Senators and tell them NO on SB1177.

A few interesting facts that you should know about this bill: It is sponsored by Sen. Alexander(R) and Sen. Murray(D). According to Heritage Foundation scorecard, Alexander scored 42% and Murray scored 0%. Even Harry Reid earned a 9%. Alexander is determined to have a bill ready for Obama's signature. 

Another interesting bit of news is about the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. He of course loves Common Core and wants SB1177 to pass. Duncan has just moved his family back to Chicago where his children will attend a private school that does not use Common Core. Interesting, isn't it?

Amongst the many problems with the bill, in addition to the enormous costs to the states, is the increasing amount of testing that must be done on each student. The tests will use "Universal Design for Learning," a computerized program that will assess a student's psychological reactions to the testing environment. This is a massive invasion of privacy and has nothing to do with measuring the achievement levels of students.  

Please call our two senators and request that they vote NO on SB1177, "Every Child Achieves Act."

Just say:  "I urge Sen. _______  to vote NO on SB1177, the Every Child Achieves Act when it comes to the floor for a vote.  

Sen. Perdue:  202-224-3521

Sen. Isakson:  202-224-3643 (If you get the voicemail, try the Atlanta office: 770-661-0999)

Thanks for making these phone calls!

Our Congressman Austin Scott voted FOR this bill. Call his office to voice your disappointment: 202-225-6531

Eagle Forum opposed SB1177

The Senate plans to finish work this week on S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), its bill to replace the failed No Child Left Behind law. There are many amendments left to sort through, but it's unlikely that any will improve the bill. An amendment offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) to block-grant education funding to the states failed last week, and Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are working to block any amendment that would prevent S. 1177 from getting to President Obama's desk.

Unfortunately, ECAA extends the standards, testing, and data collection mandates of No Child Left Behind that Common Core was designed to satisfy. Instead of continuing the testing mandates, ECAA should allow parents to opt their children out of federal testing as tens of thousands have already done. Many programs with questionable worth are reauthorized under this bill with no spending caps. Instead of rolling back federal intervention, the Alexander-Murray bill authorizes new early-care education grants for expanding ineffective pre-K programs. Federal involvement has done little for the K-12 population; why should we expect it to boost outcomes for younger children?

No Child Left Behind showed that federal interference in education increases burdens on students and teachers but not achievement. S. 1177 is a missed opportunity to restore control of education to the states and people. Please call your U.S. Senator and tell him or her to vote NO on S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.

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