Reporting on Current Obama Education Policies

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Demand an Investigation into FERPA and the Illegal Access to Your Child’s Personally Identifiable Information

Why your support is needed and why I’m asking for your action today.

We must immediately request a federal investigation into the amended regulations of FERPA, Family Education Rights in Privacy Act.

Education has been used to set up data trafficking of personally identifiable information in the United States. Our rights are being trampled on. Your children and grandchildren will be at an incredible risk in the future as federal legislation is being prepared that changes how we teach our children. These are the changes: There will be no more grades like A,B,C,D or F; Curriculum will not be based on academics; Dispositions and values will be tested and remediated; Competition will be eliminated; Grade levels will be eliminated; The school year will no longer be based on 180 days; Your locally elected school board will become obsolete.

Your child must meet government standards which includes changing your child toward socialistic values. Data is given to large foundations and corporations for free so they can develop testing, curriculum, and software to change your child toward government approved attitudes and values which is a violation of your individual freedom.

Most people, including our legislators, do not know that FERPA, Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, has changed. Your family privacy is NOT protected. Your child’s personally identifiable information is being given out for FREE to large corporations to research how to “change your child into global citizens.”

Our plan is to open a privacy investigation and expose the release of this personal information to foundations, organizations, non-profits, and businesses that will profit from your children’s data. The amended FERPA regulations were issued without Congressional oversight. Obama has issued an Executive Order to change how the government and what the government collects on families. This would be a huge shakeup in the Department of Education IF we can have hundreds, thousands of people make requests to initiate an investigation into the expanded FERPA regulations that exceeded their statutory authority and are contrary to law. We could STOP the illegal rampant research on individual children in proposed legislation of the reauthorization of federal legislation, ESEA, Title I, and Special Education funds, IDEA, that will be used to fund remediation of your child’s attitudes, values, and dispositions. Your action could put a huge wrench in the cogs of our unruly Department of Education.

Please help. Your urgent action is needed. There are 2 steps. Step 1 is a letter to your Congressman and Senator for a federal investigation. Step 2 is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request through your Congressman and Senator for contracts and agreements that will expose who has access to your child’s personally identifiable information unknown to you or our legislators. Questions are added at the end of this article that must be answered.
Please contact ALL of your legislators TODAY!


Dear Honorable_________

I am requesting a federal investigation into the Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, (FERPA) amended regulations that went into effect January, 2012. It is my understanding that there was no Congressional authorization to expand the FERPA regulations. It is also my understanding that there are certain sections of these FERPA regulations that ALLOW for redisclosed personally identifiable information to be released because of a new definition for “school officials.” The new definition now allows outside vendors, contractors, non-profits, corporations, and businesses to access our children’s personally identifiable information without informed written parental permission and they may also receive it without any monetary expenditure.

Redisclosure is also allowed to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions to develop, validate, or administer predictive tests and/or to improve instruction.

The extraordinary circumstances of this redisclosure of private information with the “unlocking” of this data will ultimately benefit these corporations and businesses when the information used to research and develop assessments, curriculum, digital software, and teacher training is sold back to our states and local districts. This is appalling. The invasion of privacy of our children and our families is without recourse. This must be stopped.

The trafficking of this information is an invasion of privacy and is unknown to most parents and legislators. But more important, this data is being proposed to be used to develop personalized software career modules and assessments for measuring specific behavioral changes on individual students proposed in the Common Core College and Career Ready Standards that recently included the measurement of values and dispositions. This invasion of privacy becomes an invasion of freedom. Collecting the information is one breach of law. But, the development of techniques and software to change my individual child’s attitudes, values, and beliefs is a breach of monumental concern in these United States and violates personal freedom.

I have attached a list of documents that must be requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), so that you may validate who the vendors, non-profits, and businesses are that currently have access to our children’s personally identifiable information in written agreements with the U.S. Department of Education and states involved in testing consortiums.

I will anxiously await your reply to these serious concerns and request that a federal investigation into FERPA is done immediately. Please take steps to ensure that our children are protected. All data transfer must be frozen until the investigation is closed.
I look forward to your reply.

Your Name


Request a Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) from your US Congressman and Senator for the names of all foundations, contractors, organizations, non-profits, businesses, etc, who have access to and use Personally Identifiable Information, PII. The FOIA list is as follows:

Freedom of Information Act Requests

RE: Redisclosure of Personally Identifiable Information on Students According to 99.31 of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA (Unknown to Parents and Legislators)

Request the Cooperative Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, and/or any Written Agreements to be able to access PII, personally identifiable information, between the US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, or Office of Science and Technology and the following:

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, PARCC, and
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Florida acting as the fiscal agent for each of the states in the PARCC consortium and Achieve, Inc as project management partner

Washington state acting as the negotiating partner for each state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and WestEd, the project management partner

States using the American College Testing, ACT (Aspire, Explore, or Plan,) and/or Pearson, Inc. to measure Common Core Standards

Contractors who have been given redisclosed PII on students to develop curriculum, computer adaptive digital software, and/or any testing development. These “school officials” may be identified as private sector contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom an agency or institution has outsourced services or functions, including, non-profit organizations, corporations, or businesses to do experimental research, develop curriculum and/ or computer adaptive resources for individual students. These contractors may include Microsoft, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Educational Testing Service, ACT and The Center for Disease Control.

Request the purchase agreement and amount for each written agreement between any “school official” and the US Department of Education, PARCC, and/or Smarter Balanced Assessment, for the purchase of obtained redisclosed data on personally identifiable information, PII, on individual students to develop curricula or computer digital programming or experimental testing materials.

Request any Requests for Proposal, RFP, or Written Agreements between any private sector working group, defined as a “school official” in FERPA, 99.31, including PARCC, Smarter Balanced Assessment, Wested, or Achieve, ACT or ETS, who are developing and expanding Common Core Standards to new individualized criteria to ” improve instruction”, called, CCCR, College Career Citizenship Readiness, in which Citizenship measures dispositions and attitudes.

Request any memorandums of understanding or cooperative agreements to test and measure disposition test items that are ” difficult to measure” according to Race to the Top grants that may infringe on personal privacy rights and violate federal law for redisclosing psychological information without informed written parental consent.

Research using data on individuals as identifiers for interventions for changing dispositions or “improving instruction,” without the informed written consent of the parent violating privacy laws, personal liberty, and illegal access to mental health criteria.

Request sample test items or test blueprints with scoring criteria that will measure dispositions, values, and non-cognitive areas in the new College Career Citizenship Ready Standards, CCCR, that are being introduced to the Common Core Standards by the CCSSO, ETS, and the Gordon Commission.

Questions that your Senator and Congressman must find answers to:

1. Do these contractors pay for the data on our children? Are they using the data to make a profit? Example, are contractors developing testing, software, or curriculum that must be paid for by the taxpayer when they get our children’s data for free? Most businesses PAY for lists of people and are very expensive.

2. Experts in tax law say that non-profit organizations like ACT, a testing contractor, the Pearson Foundation, as well as, their partnership with the Gates Foundation who are creating “a full series of digital instruction resources,” appear to be using their tax exempt foundations to push their business interests. Is this a violation of the federal tax code? How many other non-profit organizations are using this data for profit?

“The program ACT is rolling out, in partnership with leading global education company Pearson, also emphasizes improving the way educators use data from assessments in teaching. Erickson says many teachers now administer tests and evaluations without knowing how to interpret and use the results to students’ benefits.”

3. Is the datum on individuals, which will assuredly be used for the personalized education modules in the new proposed ESEA (Title I) regulations and new special education (IDEA) regulations being proposed, paid for as Intellectual Property to that individual, since a profit will be made on their information that is collected without their consent or the consent of the parent? Is your child a commodity for their personal data to be sold without your permission and without reasonable compensation? These proposed regulations will have federal dollars ” follow the child”.

4. Data trafficking between the Department of Education and other outside contractors may contribute to violations of Cyber Security Laws when redisclosure of personally identifiable data is shared and does NOT request informed written parental permission of uses.

5. It’s NOT about academics. What type of data is being collected by the testing contractors? ACT, a testing contractor, states that it is testing the “whole child”. Is psychological information being collected to produce curriculum for ” behavior change” ? The CCSSO has added dispositions to the Common Core Standards. Is it illegal to transfer “mental health” information without the informed written permission of the parent?

“The assessment would look beyond academics to get a complete picture of the whole student,” stated Jon Erickson of ACT. “There would be interest inventories for students, as well as assessment of behavioral skills for students and teachers to evaluate.”

6. Freeze all data transfer. Demand an investigation into the FERPA illegal dissemination of personally identifiable information from the Department of Education regarding these possible violations of privacy. Carbon copy everyone. Legislators, newspapers, privacy organizations, internet outlets.

Obama’s, Race to the Top Agenda’ – States Under Republican Leadership Fall For the Carrot: Children Sold-Out for a Profit

The Next Generation Schools.
It’s easier to understand an agenda with a picture. A picture is worth a thousand words. The following graph was used in a power point presentation about how the Innovation Lab Network will change and redesign how American schools will function in the future. This is a ‘Race to the Top’ education model. The graph was taken from a power point presentation from the Stupski Foundation, the OECD, the international Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, with a grant from the Chief State School Officers, CCSSO, about the Next Generation Schools, called the Innovation Lab Network.


These are the original states that are included in this pilot research project from Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ -Maine, West Virginia, Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky, and Ohio. Race to the Top was funded from the Recovery Act with $400 billion dollars. Since that time waivers have been given to states that need flexibility in using their ESEA funding in the “No Child Left Behind” legislation to move toward this model since the current Congress has not passed a budget. More states are involved at this time. The most profound concept in this graph shows how the next generation school will eliminate representative government. Notice that the new system bypasses the community, governance, and finance. Draw your attention to the blue lines that are most important to this agenda. They are: your child, called human capital, assessment which is testing, technology, and any time and any place. Testing and technology become the most important part of this agenda to create the human capital of the future for the international global workforce.

How will abolishing representative government work? In order for this graph to become a reality, there are three barriers that must be removed. Community; families, parents, and churches must have no options or legal authority, only a choice of which school to send their children; Governance; your locally elected school board or other elected local or state officials that could become a hindrance will be eliminated or reduced to minor functions: parents will not have any voting power over a for- profit charter school; Finance; the neighborhood school no longer depends on your local tax base to fund schools under equality or leveling the field. The mantra that will be quoted is, under fairness and equity there should not be rich school districts or poor school districts, only schools. Your tax money will be pooled regionally or toward a county base to be distributed equally for each child. Federal funds will now fund individual students. Your elected school boards will no longer have the tax base from which to run their school. Your local neighborhood school will eventually be pushed out through academic bankruptcy and/or taken over by charter schools.

This is the new model for school choice. Federal monies, ESEA Title I, is being changed in new laws being proposed that will follow the individual child & IDEA will change the definitions of who can receive funds to include any child not meeting Common Core Standards (CCS) in an IEP, individual education plan similar to the special education plans for handicapped children. This will mean ANY & EVERY child can receive choice money to go to the school of their choice. The entry point solutions are the end results or the child meeting government Common Core Standards & what must be done to achieve these goals. This is a design down program, start with what the government wants & work backwards….what a child will know, do & be like, or beliefs, values & actions….Blooms taxonomy, the whole child theory.

This graph from the Next Generation Schools, Race to the Top agenda, spells out how to mold the child toward those objectives. It shows how representative government, as well as parents, will be erased from any authority in educating their children or how the schools of the future will function through a computerized monopoly of selected profit making corporations, otherwise known as corporate fascism.

This is the model for for-profit Charter Schools that use public tax payer funds with no elected school boards or taxpayer accountability and this is the model for the takeover of all education in America including private schools. Private schools are included because, when these stipends are given to each child under Choice from Title I which is being proposed in the new ESEA legislation in the federal budget supported by Republican Congressmen and Senators, Republican governors and unknowingly by many conservative groups, any child accepting that federal stipend to go to a charter, private, Catholic, Christian, home school, or other school, will be mandated under accountability, to take federal testing to meet the federal standards. Many tests are being aligned to the Common Core Standards using federal objectives from NAEP test item banks already validated to meet government goals. Inevitably this will control all education in the United States if you take the money. The CCSSO has had model legislation waiting in the wings for years. Perhaps we can ask why Governor Jeb Bush is in Maine pushing his Charter school agenda with his Foundation for Excellence in Education that is widespread in Florida? Legislation in Michigan, under Republican leadership, House Bill 6004 and Senate Bill 1358 would expand a separate and statewide school district (the EAA) overseen by a governor-appointed chancellor and functioning outside the authority of the State Board of Education or state school superintendent. These schools are exempt from the same laws and quality measures of community-governed public schools. The EAA can seize unused school buildings (built and financed by local taxpayers) and force sale or lease to charter, non-public or EAA schools. This is proof that there is some truth to an agenda of eliminating representative government.

Look at the corporations that are flooding into these states to get contracts and compare them to who has access to the personal data explained below. Research to create these individual models for individual children with individual needs to meet Common Core Standards has attracted big business. Big money is being made and businesses are lining up at the door to get their share. But at what price? PARCC, The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a testing organization just applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit status which allows easy access to individual data under FERPA, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Smarter Balanced is another through Educational Testing Service,ETS. American College Testing, ACT, Pearson Foundation, Gates Foundation, & Wireless Generation already are feeding at the federal data trough. Republican governors have been hoodwinked into an agenda that is racing toward ending representative government & school as we know it.


Historical documentation from, ‘The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America’
by Charlotte Iserbyt, mentor & friend.

For information about testing attitudes & values, see “Getting Inside the EQA Inventory,” Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Stupski workshop presentation: Stupski PowerPoint Presentation

OECD Workshop

Forbes Article-beyond academic testing.

New York selling student information

To the Advocates For Choice and Vouchers-
Choice Means Chains

The Accountability That Comes With Private Schools Taking Federal Dollars.

The direction of education is moving toward customized individual plans for all children aligned to Common Core-College and Career Ready Standards. Federal funds in choice vouchers will follow a student to the private school of their choice, with federal strings attached. Don’t be deceived. If your students are granted a stipend of federal dollars from federal ESEA (Title I) or IDEA (special ed) monies under the guise of choice, say good bye to the private, Christian, or Catholic in your name. You will be a public school, just like all charter schools. Beware that HR 5 recently passed in the Republican held House of Representatives will make Obama’s dream of federalizing education come true.

There have been many questions asked about the role of federal money involved in the choice and voucher movement racing across the country. The questions range from:
Are these stipends funded with federal dollars?
Are there strings attached?
What happens when federal dollars “follow” a child, with a choice stipend, to a private school?
What does “accountability” mean when a Catholic or Christian school accepts a Title I child through a choice or voucher stipend?
What if a homeschool takes federal dollars for digital instruction?
Must a homeschooled ‘choice’ child take the state assessment for accountability?
Is a “charter school” a public school that must abide by all regulations but without a locally elected school board?
Will private schools, as well as charter schools, have to align to the Common Core Standards and take the state assessment which is aligned to the federal test, NAEP?
If a private school child is failing Common Core Standards, will the school have to engage in ‘specialized student support’ for accountability aspects and change their curriculum?
If a private school is deemed ” failing” Common Core Standards, will this indicate that they are not teaching to the standards?
Will private school teachers need in-service training when choice students fail?
Can this private school be targeted through “academic bankruptcy” by the government if they fail to meet federal guidelines called assurances?

According to ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, (the NOT conservative think-tank,) in their model “choice” legislation, please read the fine-print in Endnote 5 which states: “Unfortunately, tapping federal dollars may bring some unwanted federal regulations to choice schools.” I agree. Choice means chains.
(See the link below, scroll down to Endnote 5)

Let’s look at pending federal legislation that sets up a choice/voucher program through legislation. Note: federal money in Title I (your child is disadvantaged if they do not meet standards) and IDEA (special ed) are funding sources to expand choice. Student and curriculum interventions are called ‘specialized student support’ to meet Common Core Standards put in place through HR 5.

HR 5-Federal Legislation Passed in the House

See the NOTES at the end of this article for all of the Republicans that attached amendments to HR 5 to destroy private schools through Choice.
My overview of the Summary of HR 5 follows: my comments are in bold.

HR 5 Under Academic Standards: (emp. Mine)
Achievement standards used for judging student and school performance must align with content standards,

My comment: The end result, achievement, must align to standards. Each student must meet Common Core if those are the standards passed by your state.

HR 5-Under Direct Student Services: The bill requires states to set aside 3 percent of Title I money to provide competitive grants to school districts that wish to offer tutoring or public school choice to their students, including those in poor performing schools. (Notice the name of the stipends are competitive grants. In some states they are called scholarships.)

My comment: Under Title I the definition for disadvantaged changes to students meeting standards and needing “specialized instructional support” for meeting outcomes. This means Title I funds that follow the child. Although its only 3%, this is the start of undermining representative govt. This is federal money going to private schools with Title I. Poor performing schools (your private school) could be targeted for under-performing. Interventions apply.
(Eric Cantor placed an amendment that allows Title I to follow the child.)

HR 5-Under Accountability: The bill eliminates the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) metric and the unrealistic requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by the end of the next school year. In their place, states are allowed to develop their own accountability systems that must comprise only three broad parameters:
HR 5- Annually measure the academic achievement of all public school students against the state’s academic standards (including growth toward the standards) using the statewide assessments in reading and math and other academic indicators.

My comment: Adequate Yearly Progress was designed for school aggregate data to compare how schools were doing. Eliminating the AYP will set the stage for individual student yearly progress monitoring IEP’s for all students. The new term is “specialized student support,” a special education term. Under State Plans there is a section calling for “individual student interpretive, descriptive, and diagnostic reports regarding achievement on assessments.” Plus, what are other academic indicators? Why not reading & math? If a state has agreed to Common Core, this will mean the exact same agenda as before. This will include the College & Career Outcomes & Common Core Standards that go beyond academics. This is testing in the affective domain. The statewide assessments are aligning to those standards, like PARCC, ACT, & Smarter Balanced using NAEP objectives. If the Feds can blame everything on the states, they get off scott-free. Most states have changed their tests to reflect Common Core already or are in the process. This means federal access to an individual student.

HR 5- Annually evaluate and identify the academic performance of each public school in the state based on student academic achievement, including the achievement of all students and achievement gaps between student subgroups.

My comment: Define academic achievement for all students. On math & reading or other indicators? Does this set up the IEP for each student? College & Career Ready Standards could be used here instead of academics. College & Career standards are work force standards like SCANS, Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (affective outcomes).

HR 5-Include a school improvement system implemented by school districts that includes interventions in poor performing Title I schools.

My comment: If a Title I school is identified as failing the Common Core Standards, the school is named a school-wide program. Because individual students are monitored, interventions will be identified for each student. Teachers will be targeted. Individual students will be targeted to improve scores. This is the opening for an IEP or individual learning plan in which the school can use flexibility funds for IEP interventions or ‘specialized student support.’ This could also open the door for private schools having to introduce Common Core and school improvement plans if they accept choice funding.

HR 5-Funding Flexibility: The bill allows states and school districts to use federal funds for special population programs for any activity authorized under any of the other programs. Instead of having to comply with a host of federal program requirements each dictating exactly how funds may be spent, state and local officials will be able to use federal funds to meet their own unique needs. While school districts will not be allowed to use Title I funds outside of those schools, they can move additional funding to low-income schools.

My Comment: This is exactly what the ESEA Flexibility Waiver that Obama gave the states this past year. (Use the money however you want, just meet the Common Core Standards.) Now the waiver will become law so the state can use Title I funds to establish the Common Core. Very clever. Get the states to agree to national Common Core Standards so the feds can identify individual students. Get the federal boot in the door. Then allow the states to use federal funds however they want to meet Common Core, but the feds will monitor individual students and the states in order to achieve compliance. This would eliminate the violation of the federal government supervising and directing curriculum, underhanded as it is. Notice how every thing is being changed to Title I. Schools could be tagged school-wide program under Title I. There is a distinct reason for that. Blanket compliance with percentage of free and reduced lunches. This is complete federal takeover of all states’ rights and all schools. A state accepting Common Core Standards was the first step to federal take-over of all public schools and relinquishing their individual power of states’ rights. Your local neighborhood school is now a federal government school. Your local school board has no authority except to meet Common Core Standards. What happened to states rights? Local control? One more huge erosion of the Constitution. The Republicans are in lock step with Obama.

Indiana “Choice” Application-Please read carefully.


Assurances (emp. mine)

As a condition of becoming an eligible school, the school makes the following assurances by the representative’s signature:
School will administer accountability assessments including Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) and End of Course Assessments (ECAs) to all students at the testing grade levels and participate in all required training and security measures.
School will not discriminate against any potential students based on race, color or national origin, and will follow the school’s admissions policy in regard to choice scholarship students.
If the number of applicants for enrollment in an eligible school under a Choice scholarship exceeds the number of Choice scholarships available to the eligible school, the school will draw at random in a public meeting the applications of applicants who are entitled to a Choice scholarship from among the applicants who meet the requirements for admission to the eligible school.
School will not transfer or attempt to transfer the choice scholarship to any other student.
School agrees to inform IDOE via a prescribed form within five (5) business days of a choice scholarship student being withdrawn or expelled.
School acknowledges that: 1. retroactive reimbursement to the State of Indiana may be required, or 2. future payments may be adjusted, as a result of the withdrawal or expulsion of a student. (It’s all about federal money.)
School agrees to participate in any data collections required by the department pursuant to IC 20-51-1-4.7, IC 20-51-4-6, IC 20-51-4-7, or IC 20-51-4-10.
School understands and agrees to the requirement that parents must co-sign a claim form provided by the department for the distribution of monies, on a schedule set by the department.
Upon eligibility, school agrees to complete and file a vendor application with the Indiana Auditor of State.
School agrees to provide prospective parents with a statement about any costs beyond the required fees, including whether the school participates in the Free / Reduced Lunch Program. (Title I) School acknowledges that any fees in excess of the amount of the choice scholarship must be funded through other sources.
School agrees to provide prospective parents with information about (free) transportation, including whether it is provided and whether the school is located along any existing bus routes that may be utilized.
School acknowledges that, by July 1, 2013, it will have a staff performance evaluation plan as required by 20-28-11.5-4(a) and (b).
School shall certify to the department annually that the eligible school is complying with the following legal requirements and that the school will cooperate with any visit made to the school by the department to verify compliance with these provisions, including granting the department reasonable access to its premises. School further understands that violation of any of the following requirements under the law or failure to comply with these assurances is grounds for loss of eligibility, and has the right to an administrative hearing upon loss of eligibility.

The federal strings are all attached here: testing, data collection, staff performance, accountability.

ALEC Pushes Choice in Colorado

Choice Scholarships

Beware of any ” help” from the government.
Acceptance of Common Core means takeover of education by the federal government. No more local control. Charter Schools eliminate representative government with no locally elected boards or taxpayer oversight. Private Schools must say ‘no’ to choice funding.

Accountability=Forced Compliance=Loss of Freedom of Choice

NOTES-Republicans Put Obama’s Agenda Into Law

HR 5
Republican’s Move to Make Choice Part of Title I federal funding-Strings Attached
Beware Private Schools-The Government Wants to Control You.

ALERT: passed in the House dated 7-19-2013. Please read the amendments that the Republicans have attached to HR 5. This is a total sell-out. Republicans are putting in place Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ pilot programming from the Innovation Lab Network. One Democrat aligned all rules to charter schools, as well.

Scroll down to the right to see the Republican Amendments at the link below:

Cantor (VA), Bishop, Rob (UT) Republican Allows Title I funds to follow students to other public schools or charter schools, upon the state opting to allow it. Made In Order

Bishop, Rob (UT) Republican Makes Title 1 funds portable to public (including charter) schools and private schools. Submitted

Salmon, (AZ) Republican Late Provides States with the flexibility to allocate Title I grant funds in a manner that follows the child. States may allocate these funds based on the number of eligible children enrolled in the public and private schools served.

Tierney (MA) Democrat Late Ensures a state’s accountability system is applied to charter schools in the same manner as to other public schools Submitted

Duncan (SC) Republican SUBSTITUTE Late RevisedSubstitutes the text of the bill with the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS, which allows states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to direct funding to their most pressing education needs. Specifically, A-PLUS sends funding under NCLB back to states in the form of block grants, and states would then be able to direct that funding to any education purpose under state law.