Congressman Lee Zeldin has co-sponsored legislation which would reduce the federal testing mandates – replacing annual testing with “grade span testing.” If it were to pass, this legislation would go a long way toward reversing the current trend of reducing public schools to test-prep centers.
He is hosting a discussion this Sunday in Port Jeff Station (see details below).
In truth, this legislation has little chance of becoming law – it contradicts the agreement recently reached by the Senate Education Committee (which includes annual testing) and President Obama has promised to veto any legislation that does not include annual testing.
However, it is important that we show our support for this. Just as we need to stand up against representatives who are betraying our students, we need to be just as emphatic in standing with lawmakers who are pushing to do the right thing for public education.
From Congressman Zeldin:
Please join me this Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 1:30 PM, to discuss the Student Testing Improvement & Accountability Act at the atrium area of the Comsewogue High School located at 565 Bicycle Path in Port Jefferson Station.
I will be calling on Congress to pass the Student Testing Improvement & Accountability Act, which I co-sponsor, and discussing the importance of passing this bill to roll back federally mandated testing in our Long Island schools. You can view this legislation here.
Please feel free to call my Patchogue office at (631) 289-1097, if you have any questions. I hope you will join me on Sunday.
With Best Regards,
Member of Congress