New York State School Boards Association

Call To Action - Oppose Private School Vouchers


July 10, 2015

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) shared the following alert and asked us to share it with our membership.

Please take action on this important issue.

If you have any questions, please contact NYSSBA Governmental Relations at 518-783-0200.

Next week, the Senate will continue consideration of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As action continues, we need to prevent approval of amendments that could redirect valuable resources away from our nation’s public schools. One voucher amendment has already been offered (and soundly defeated). We anticipate that more amendments on vouchers, tuition tax credits for non-public schools, Title I portability or other measures will be offered as early as Monday, July 13. Therefore, we need your help: Urge your Senators to support public education and oppose any attempts to send public funds to private schools.

Please take a moment to contact your Senators by clicking below and urge rejection of amendments that would send public school designated federal dollars to private schools.

Thank you.

Text of the Letter:

As a locally elected school board member who cares deeply about public education, I am writing regarding S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, which is being considered on the Senate floor next week.  As you prepare for floor votes, I urge you to continue to support our local  public schools and educators.  Specially, I urge you to:

REJECT amendments for vouchers, tuition tax credits for non-public schools, Title I portability or other measures that divert valuable resources away from our nation’s public schools to non-public schools.   

These measures siphon scarce resources, time, and attention from our nation’s public schools, which educate 50 million students.  Congress should work to improve, not weaken our public schools.  

Thank you for your attention.


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