The Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 (ED-Flex) is moving quickly in the House of Representatives.
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 and districts to use these funds in other areas.
In the House of Representatives: The Ed-Flex bill (H.R. 800) is scheduled to be debated by the Education and Workforce Committee tomorrow, Wednesday March 3. As part of this debate we anticipate that Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) will offer an amendment to the bill.
The amendment would require that school districts seeking to waive Part B of Title II (the Eisenhower state grants) must first document how the professional development needs of science and math teachers in their district or school will be met.
Science and math educators need to generate support in the Education Committee for Rep. HoltÃÂs amendment. If you are a constituent of any member of the House Education and Workforce Committee listed below, PLEASE call them today and ask them to support Rep. HoltÃÂs amendment to H.R. 800.
Republicans William Goodling, (PA) Chairman 202-225-5836 Thomas Petri, (WI) 202-225-2476 Marge Roukema, (NJ) 202-225-4465 Cass Ballenger, (NC) 202-225-2576 Bill Barrett, (NE) 202-225-6435 John Boehner, (OH) 202-225-6205 Peter Hoekstra, (MI) 202-225-4401 Howard "Buck" McKeon, (CA) 202-225-1956 Michael Castle, (DE) 202-225-4165 Sam Johnson, (TX) 202-225-4201 James Talent, (MO) 202-225-2561 James Greenwood, (PA) 202-225-4276 Lindsey Graham, (SC) 202-225-5301 Mark Souder, (IN) 202-225-4436 David McIntosh, (IN) 202-225-3021 Charlie Norwood, (GA) 202-225-4101 Ron Paul, (TX) 202-225-2831 Bob Schaffer, (CO) 202-225-4676 Fred Upton, (MI) 202-225-3761 Nathan Deal, (GA) 202-225-5211 Van Hilleary, (TN) 202-225-6831 Vernon Ehlers, (MI) 202-225-3831 Matt Salmon, (AZ) 202-225-2635 Tom Tancredo, (CO) 202-225-7882 Ernie Fletcher, (KY) 202-225-4706 Jim DeMint, (SC) 202-225-6030
Democrats William Clay, (MO) 202-225-2406 George Miller, (CA) 202-225-2095 Dale Kildee, (MI) 202-225-3611 Matthew Martinez, (CA) 202-225-5464 Major Owens, (NY) 202-225-6231 Donald Payne, (NJ) 202-225-3436 Patsy Mink, (HI) 202-225-4906 Robert Andrews, (NJ) 202-225-6501 Tim Roemer, (IN) 202-225-3915 Bobby Scott, (VA) 202-225-8351 Lynn Woolsey, (CA) 202-225-5161 Carlos Romero-Barcelo, (P.R.) 202-225-2615 Chaka Fatttah, (PA) 202-225-4001 Ruben Hinojosa, (TX) 202-225-2531 Carolyn McCarthy, (NY) 202-225-5516 John Tierney, (MA) 202-225-8020 Ron Kind, (WI) 202-225-5506 Loretta Sanchez, (CA) 202-225-2965 Harold Ford, Jr., (TN) 202-225-3265 Dennis Kucinich, (OH) 202-225-5871 David Wu, (OR) 202-225-0855 Rush Holt, (NJ) 202-225-5801
We especially need readers of this list who are constituents of these Representatives to call and ask them to support Rep. HoltÃÂs amendment to H.R. 800.
Marge Roukema, (NJ) 202-225-4465 James Talent, (MO) 202-225-2561 James Greenwood, (PA) 202-225-4276 Vernon Ehlers, (MI) 202-225-3831 Michael Castle, (DE) 202-225-4165 Charlie Norwood, (GA) 202-225-4101 Fred Upton, (MI) 202-225-3761 Mark Souder, (IN) 202-225-4436
If you are not sure about who your U.S. Representative is, please visit this website for that information: http://www.congress.org
The letter NSTA sent to members of the Committee from Gerry Wheeler follows.
This is critical; we need to show support for this amendment so that we can preserve some accountability for science and math education in this bill and not allow the Eisenhower program to be summarily waived. PLEASE take a moment to call your Rep. today!
March 2, 1999
The Honorable House Education and Workforce Committee Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative :
On behalf of the members of the National Science Teachers Association, we urge you to support an amendment to be offered during the House Education and the Workforce Committee meeting by Representative Rush Holt to H.R. 800, The Educational Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999.
The amendment would require that school districts seeking to waive Part B of Title II, Eisenhower Professional Development state grants, must first document how the professional development needs of science and math teachers in their district or school will be met.
With Part B Title II grants, science teachers are working to align their science curricula with challenging state frameworks or the National Science Education Standards. They are learning how to integrate science with the other disciplines, and how to teach using the Internet and other technologies. Elementary teachers with little or no science background are learning how to effectively teach hands-on science to young, impressionable children.
Science teachers nationwide are alarmed about these programs if districts and states are allowed to summarily waive the Eisenhower program under Ed-Flex. For many science teachers, the Eisenhower Professional Development state grants are the only source of funds available to them so they can pursue ongoing, sustained professional development opportunities.
In recent months the Department of Education and Congress have initiated a number of K-12 programs which focus specifically on certain core subjects. These include: America Reads, America Counts, and Technology in Education Grants, in addition to Title I monies for reading and math teacher training and IDEA funding for special educators. Science educators do not benefit from these newly authorized programs.
Over the years, Congress has maintained its longstanding federal priority in support of math and science education with the Eisenhower program. Now we seek your continued commitment to science education by asking for your support of Representative HoltÃÂs amendment to H.R. 800.
******************************************** * 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: firstname.lastname@example.org