CONFIRMED: HR 5 Has Been Pulled.
Hello, all. Apparently the play-by-play is over on HR 5.
Michigan Representative Amash tweeted the following at around 1:35 p.m. EST on February 27, 2015:
@repjustinamash 8 minutes ago
This does not mean HR 5 will not come back, but it does mean that the bill did not garner enough Republican support for it to glide through a House vote. On February 27, 2015, Politico briefly reported the following:
House Republicans decided not to vote Friday on their proposed rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, the Student Success Act, after House leadership struggled to lock down support for the bill and debate over Department of Homeland Security funding eclipsed education plans.
The House passed a nearly identical bill in 2013, but discontent with the Common Core academic standards and concerns about federal government intrusion have grown, and conservatives have said they want to get more out of an education bill in the newly Republican-controlled Congress. That left House leadership facing new criticism from the right because the GOP bill omits school vouchers, radical reductions to federal mandates and other right-wing proposals.
“My district doesn’t like it. They just feel that we’re moderating No Child Left Behind. They hate No Child Left Behind,” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said.
It’s not clear when a vote on No Child Left Behind will take place.
For some informative tweets on the issue, see #ESEA. Here is one by pro-test-based-reform Fordham Institute president Michael Petrilli:
And another, by CEO of Common Core co-owner, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Chris Minnich:
The test-driven-reform set is upset by the stalling of HR 5, and that is just fine with me.