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Oppose House Resolution 610

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About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to graduate from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. As I started higher education at the University of Iowa, it became clear to me that I was incredibly privileged to receive a quality education, without having to worry about tuition. Throughout primary and secondary education, I was blessed to be surrounded by teachers and faculty whose interest in my education was integral to my success, all at a minimal cost to my family. Despite the positive experience in school, it was always apparent that the schools that I attended were underfunded, and that that was the unfortunate fate of many schools in the state of Iowa. However, the school community I was a part of always made the best of what they had. 

Unfortunately, not every school and not every child is afforded the same opportunities. That is why I feel so strongly that the state of public education in the United States needs to be improved. Public education is ridiculously underfunded, and the current Presidential administration seeks to further defund it, beginning with H.R. 610. 

House Resolution 610, or the school voucher bill, is a piece of legislation regarding education that was recently introduced by Representative Steve King (R-IA). The bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and The No Child Left Behind Act, establishes a school voucher program, and repeals nutritional standards for school lunches. At its core, it is an attempt to take kids out of "failing schools" through a voucher program. Though vouchers sound like a good idea in theory, they are a misplaced attempt to improve the state of education by defunding public schools. Furthermore, the repeal of the ESEA abolishes the attempt to close the achievement gap amongst students and attempts to improve said "failing schools". The abolishment of the current laws also repeals standards that hold educational systems accountable for the quality of curriculum provided to students. 


Please sign and contact your Representative to block House Resolution 610. 


Johanna Hetherington 


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