Last week an expected vote in the House on the Student Success Act, H.R.5 did not occur due to apparent controversy on the provisions in the bill. It is unclear when or if the bill will come back on the floor for a vote. It is not on the House schedule this week and the House is in recess next week. The House considered 44 amendments with various outcomes last Thursday and Friday. CEC along with many disability and education groups oppose H.R.5.
In the Senate, Senate HELP Chair Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member Murray (D-WA) are working to draft a bipartisan bill. It is anticipated that a mark-up could occur as early as next week but is more likely to occur by the end of the month. CEC along with many other groups are providing their input to create a bill that will maintain and advance accountability measures and provisions that will support children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf. CEC has been working in the Senate on many issues but, an important issue is to ensure the 1% cap on assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities is not lifted.
We will need the advocacy of all CEC members on this issue and others. Stay tune for an action alert in the near future.