Knowing Your Government: What Congress’s Bill 610 Means In Simple English

The bill will ELIMINATE THE ELEMENTARY and EDUCATION ACT of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.

‘ESSA’ is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, Advanced Placement classes, ESL classes, classes for Native Americans and other groups, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety, Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. The rule was created to make sure that children were guaranteed a healthy breakfast.

In addition note,the bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall:

(1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child,

(2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must:

(1) comply with education voucher program requirements

(2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

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