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Daily Action: Equal Opportunity in Education

Indivisible: Conejo's Issue Action Team on Education encourages members to call our Senators today, urging them to vote NO on the Senate version of a House bill that would gut accountability rules for states evaluating the performance of their public schools. Civil rights advocates warn that the bill would endanger the prospects for disadvantaged children, and students with disabilities, to receive an adequate education.

Background
House Joint Resolution 57, passed in that chamber last week, rolls back a regulation that was written by the Department of Education as part of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). That law, the successor to No Child Left Behind, passed with bipartisan majorities -- and many of its provisions, including those concerning school accountability, focus on historically underserved students such as those from low-income families and those with disabilities. Now, however, Republicans want to narrow the federal government's role in its implementation. The rule in question defines the ways in which states must determine which schools are serving students well, and which are struggling. Without it, civil rights groups say, individual states will be able to make their own rules -- with some likely to use that freedom to hide the academic performance of disadvantaged and disabled students, in an effort to get around ESSA requirements that all students be given equal opportunities to receive a good education.

In other words, without this rule, states will have more latitude to leave behind those children who don't learn as easily -- poorer students, students with Down Syndrome, and children with other physical and mental disabilities. Let's urge our Senators to reject this bill that places simplistic right-wing ideology over the right of every child to a good education.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA: (213) 894-5000

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is _______. I am one of Sen. ____________'s constituents in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her to vote NO when the Senate takes up House Joint Resolution 57. America's commitment to public education -- and the bipartisan will of Congress when it passed the Every Student Succeeds Act -- demands that every public school provides equal opportunities for every student to receive a good education, including disadvantaged children and those with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Thank you!