Here are the top five reasons to tell Congress to vote against H.R.5.
H.R.5 lowers expectations for students with disabilities
By removing accountability for the performance of struggling students, H.R.5 turns the clock back to a time when students with disabilities were not expected to graduate from high school or attend college.
H.R.5 allows unlimited alternate assessments on alternate standards for students with disabilities
H.R.5 will allow schools to push an unlimited number of students with disabilities into alternate curriculum, which will take these students off track for a regular diploma, leading to fewer educational opportunities and job prospects.
H.R.5 allows tracking of students as early as third grade
Rather than requiring interventions for struggling students, H.R.5 will encourage the tracking of students with disabilities at a young age, destroying their futures.
H.R.5 will lower the amount of early intervention, targeted instruction and support for struggling students
Without accountability and provisions for early intervention and support, students who are struggling will be left behind.
H.R.5 is the first time an education bill has made it to the floor since 2001
The last time an education bill made it to the floor of Congress was 12 years ago. The outcome of H.R.5 will set the stage for how students with disabilities are treated in schools for years to come.
Now is the time to act. If passed, H.R.5 will severely damage the educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Please tell Congress to vote against H.R.5.