April 27, 2001

Heritage Foundation Gives Senate Ed Bill a Failing Grade; House Bill a B+

WASHINGTON, DC—The conservative Heritage Foundation released two reports this week blasting a comprehensive education bill (S.1) that the Senate is supposed to consider soon. The bill would reauthorize the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but Senate consideration has been stalled over funding issues. The conservative think tank said the bill approved by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on March 8 "flunks the reform test." "Offering neither full accountability nor full flexibility, neither consolidation nor improvements to standing programs, the Senate committee bill merely represents a more expensive version of current law," said report author Krista Kafer.

The House version (H.R. 1), which more fully incorporates President Bush's education proposals, received a B+ grade. Unlike the Senate bill, the House version includes a private school choice provision. While HSLDA does not support school voucher programs, we agree with the Heritage Foundation that the House bill in general offers the greatest degree of reform and returns more power to local schools and parents. It also would consolidate more federal education programs into fewer funding pools than the Senate bill.

The papers can be read below:

A Failing Grade for S. 1, the Senate Education Committee Bill

B+ for H.R. 1's Education Reforms

For further information on this issue, contact Doug Domenech, Executive Director of the National Center for Home Education at: 540.338.7600, or by fax 540.338.8606, or e-mail NationalCenter@hslda.org.

 Other Resources

H.R. 1—No Child Left Behind Act of 2001