EARLY TODAY (Wednesday) CALL D.C. ON PAY FOR SUCCESS NOW IN S. 1177, the new No Child Left Behind law (ESEA):
You may be able to leave a message at any time, but to talk to a live person just stay on the phone ignoring any prompts.
PLEASE SAY: S. 1177, which you are voting on today, will harm special education. In Utah, Pay for Success (which is authorized in the bill), funded by Goldman Sachs, resulted in over 99 percent of children NOT being identified for special education. (New York Times article of November 3, 2015: “Success Metrics Questioned in School Program Funded by Goldman”).
PLEASE BE POLITE, BUT VERY FIRM AND INSISTENT – YOU ARE TRYING TO DO A MOST DIFFICULT THING.
Call your U.S. Representative at their Washington, D.C. office.
Call House Speaker Paul Ryan at 202-225-0600
Call Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-0100
Call House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at 202-225-4000 (each of above telephone numbers are for their leadership office within the U.S. Capitol Building)
Call the top Democrat for S. 1177, Rep. Bobby Scott at 202-225-8351 (his office opens at 7:30 AM CST)
U.S. HOUSE SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 2
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. EST for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. EST
One Minute Speeches
Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany S. 1177 – Student Success Act (Conference Report Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee)
WHAT CAN YOU ASK YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO DO:
(1) Make a One Minute Speech asking why Pay for Success is included in S. 1177 as it is being used to reduce special education by over 99 percent in Utah.
(2) Ask the other Leaders to make a statement on the House Floorduring debate on S. 1177 that it is their intent that Pay for Success NOT be used to drastically reduce special education.
THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ON S. 1177:
The House amendment, but not the Senate bill, includes a definition for ‘‘Pay For Success Initiatives’’.
Amendment to strike the definition and insert the following:
PAY FOR SUCCESS INITIATIVE.
—The term ‘‘pay for success initiative’’ means a performance-based grant, contract, or cooperative agreement awarded by a public entity in which a commitment is made to pay for improved outcomes that result in social benefit and direct cost savings or cost avoidance to the public sector.
Such an initiative must include—
(1) a feasibility study on the initiative describing how the proposed intervention is based on evidence of effectiveness;
(2) a rigorous, third party evaluation that uses experimental or quasi-experimental design or other research methodologies that allow for the strongest possible causal inferences to determine whether the initiative has met its proposed outcomes;
(3) an annual, publicly available report on the progress of the initiative; and
(4) except as provided as under paragraph (2), a requirement that payments are made to the recipient of a grant contactor or cooperative agreement only when agreed upon outcomes are achieved.
Unfortunately NOTHING in this definition would have stopped what is happening in Utah and in Chicago.
We simply cannot expect the general education teacher to do it all, to know it all, and to achieve academic excellence for each and every student.
Pretending we can eliminate disability, pretending that almost every student with a disability and their parents will benefit WITHOUT the legal rights of IDEA which are only granted when a student is identified for special education, is to turn us back over 40 years to the time before we had state laws and then the federal law requiring special education for each and every student with a disability.