|HSLDA News||May 24, 2001|
H.R. 1 Passes the House
Wednesday evening the House of Representatives voted 384 to 45 to pass H.R. 1, the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001." Of the members of Congress who voted "No" on the measure, 34 Republicans joined 10 Democrats and one Independent.
A number of amendments were added to the bill including the following:
- Congressman Todd Akin's amendment was agreed to. This will require testing to be a test of objective knowledge, based on measurable, verifiable and widely accepted professional testing and assessment standards, and shall not assess the personal opinions, attitudes, or beliefs of the student being tested.
- Congressman Graves amendment ensures that at least 95% of all funds appropriated for elementary and secondary education programs will be spent directly on the improvement of academic achievement. It passed unanimously with 422 votes and the rest abstaining.
- The Tiberi/Castle amendment passed 217-209. This amendment allows 100 school districts in 50 states to enter into performance agreements with the Secretary of Education permitting school districts to consolidate programs and be relieved of the requirements of those programs.
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