Illinois Review –

WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Teachers are outraged that the U.S. House passed a bill Friday promoting student success. At least that’s what AFT President Randi Weingarten said: Republican House members are starving schools and promotes overtesting children.

“The so-called Student Success Act betrays the fundamental promise we make to our children—that all children deserve a high-quality public education that enables them to not only dream their dreams, but achieve them. That Republicans would push through a bill that starves schools of resources and does nothing to address pervasive overtesting shows just how disconnected they are from what children, teachers, parents and our schools need.

Republicans are forcing poor kids to fail in school, the AFT says.

“If we believe that every child matters and deserves a fair shot at success, then the actions by policymakers need to match the rhetoric—and this bill falls far short. At a time when nearly half of all children in our public schools are living in poverty, this bill rolls back the historic commitment we began decades ago to help poor and disadvantaged children succeed in school.

“This bad bill was made even worse after passage of an amendment by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah) that has the potential to divert resources for poor children—resources already being cut by the sequester—to programs and policies that do not have a track record of success and are based on ideology, not results. This amendment undercuts the very essence of Title I: to enable school districts to target and increase funds to schools serving the highest concentrations of poor students.

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