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Jerry P. Becker

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IMP'T: NSTA Legislative Alert
Posted: Feb 23, 1999 5:59 PM
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*******Legislative Alert*******

February 23, 1999

Ed-Flex on Fast Track
Eisenhower Professional Development Can be Waived in Both Senate and House
Bills

The Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 (Ed-Flex) now appears to
be on a fast track for passage in the Senate, and similar legislation is
expected to do the same in the House. Senate Republicans have said they
consider this legislation a number one priority.

Background: Ed Flex is currently a pilot program in 12 states. Ed-Flex gives
the Department of Education authority to waive the requirements on specific
federal programs (including Title I and Eisenhower) and allows states to use
these funds in other areas.

The Senate bill, introduced by Senator Frist (R-TN), would expand the
program to all 50 states. It was approved by the Senate Education
subcommittee a few weeks ago and is scheduled for a debate/vote on the
Senate floor very soon. On Thursday the House Education and Workforce
Committee is expected to introduce their Ed Flex legislation; mark-up is
expected shortly thereafter.

NSTA believes this legislation undermines the longstanding federal priority
in support of science and math education. In letters to the Hill, we told
legislators that while we agree with the concept of greater flexibility, we
can not support legislation that comes at the expense of a worthwhile
program already in place to help science teachers improve their teaching.

We urge you to call your representative and Senators immediately and tell
them you are concerned with Ed Flex and its potential impact on teacher
professional development. Ask them to support any amendment to Ed Flex which
would exempt the PRIORITY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN
MATH AND SCIENCE from the list of eligible waivers.

To contact your representatives by phone: Call the Capitol switchboard at
(202) 224-3121. Ask to be connected to your representative/senators offices.

We especially need readers of this list with these elected representatives
to call:

Rep. Bill Goodling (R-PA) 202-225-2836
Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) 202-225-4165
Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) 202-224-3344
Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT)202-224-5141
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) 202-224-4543

Many other education groups are also opposed to this legislation and want
this issue addressed during ESEA reauthorization. For more information, or
to see the letter sent to Senator Frist, go to the NSTA website at
http://www.nsta.org and click Legislative Updates.

Jodi Peterson
Editor, NSTA Reports!
Director, Legislative Affairs

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu





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