by Emmett McGroarty
Just a few weeks ago, Speaker Ryan promised not to ram through thousand-page bills without allowing realistic public analysis and input. But with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would reauthorize the failed No Child Left Behind, Speaker Ryan is already breaking his promise.
The House and Senate bills that resulted in the ESSA “compromise” were rushed through those chambers with little allowance for public input. Then, a hastily appointed conference committee rushed through its rubber-stamping in a matter of hours.
Now ESSA is being put to a House vote — only two days after the 1,061-page bill that came out of the secretive conference committee was made available. Members of Congress haven’t even had time to read it, much less communicate with their constituents through town hall meetings or otherwise. So the members will be voting on something they can’t possibly understand.
A preliminary and necessarily incomplete analysis of ESSA shows numerous problem that should kill the bill:
This entire process is unconscionable. It’s time for Speaker Ryan to end this farce and allow at least one week of review time per every 100 pages of this bill.
Speaker Ryan, keep your promise.
Emmett McGroarty is the executive director of APP Education.