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House Bill 610 Choices in Education Act of 2017

House Bill 610 (HR 610) makes some large changes. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.

In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Introduced in House (01/23/2017)

Choices in Education Act of 2017

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)

source for act summary: congress.gov

Business Women of Missouri Legislative Conference

March 3 – 4, 2017

Baymont Inn,  Jefferson City, MO

Room rate good until February 15, Registration Deadline is February 22

Friday evening: Dinner at 6 p.m. Chicken alfredo (dress is casual)

7:00 p.m. Bob Priddy, author, blogger, statehouse correspondent and Journalism professor. Topic: Term Limits

Saturday: Meeting begins at 9:30

Jessica Shrimpf, Life and Health Manager Consumer Services Section, MO Dept. of Insurance, Financial Management and Professional Registration. Topic: Health Insurance

Kay Metcalf, Columbia, MO, will share her experiences with “Veronica’s Voice.” Topic: Trafficking

Lunch: Mexican buffet.

Kevin Wilson, former Sate Representative from Neosho, MO Topic: You and Your Legislative Representatives

2:30 p.m. Review the Legislative Platform. (In your manual, please read ahead of time)

3:00 pm. Conference ends

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