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November 17, 2015

HSLDA Statement on ESEA
Moving Toward Reauthorization in Congress

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. He is a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate. Read more >>

On Friday, November 13, news broke that the U.S. House and Senate had agreed on a Conference Committee Report that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (“ESEA”).

The agreement merges differences between the House version of the reauthorization act (H.R. 5) and the Senate version of the act (S. 1177).

The text of the Conference Committee Report has not yet been made public, so HSLDA has not yet been able to review what was decided. However, we discussed the Conference Committee Report with several friendly staffers on Capitol Hill, and we have verified that all of HSLDA’s language fully exempting homeschools from everything in ESEA has been retained unchanged. This was an HSLDA nonnegotiable, and we are grateful to Congress for retaining this language which has been the law of the land since 2001. This language will continue to ensure that nothing in federal education law will ever be applied to a homeschool family.

We have heard that the Conference Committee Report prohibits federal support for the Common Core, and gives states slightly more control over public school “high-stakes testing” than is granted by the status quo, the outdated No Child Left Behind Act. We have also received reports that the bill increases federal funds for state early education programs—to the tune of $250 million.

We anticipate that the Conference Committee Report will be released later this week. We have heard that Congress may vote on the Conference Committee Report sometime after Thanksgiving. You can rest assured that we will closely review the final language as soon as it is released, and provide you with updates, and if necessary, action alerts.

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