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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Votes No on H.R. 5

July 9, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. The bill was passed in a partisan vote of 218-213. Congressman Gene Green released the following statement:

“H.R. 5 undermines the fundamental purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was created to ensure that disadvantaged children receive a high-quality education. This bill cuts crucial education funding, fails to hold states and districts accountable for supporting and improving the achievement of all students, eliminates and weakens protections for disadvantaged students, and lacks critical support systems for our nation’s educators. This reauthorization was an opportunity to make much needed improvements to the ESEA and create a better education system. This bill is a huge step in the wrong direction.

“I voted no on H.R. 5. We should instead support a reauthorization bill that restores our nation’s commitment to providing equal opportunity for all students regardless of their background and protects our country’s students including the most vulnerable, which was the original intention of this landmark civil rights law.”