Federal Legislation
August 15, 2007

H.R. 325—The ‘SPEAK’ Act of 2007

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time. HSLDA is monitoring this bill and its progress in Congress.

Background:
This is a companion bill to the Standards to Provide Educational Achievement for Kids Act (the SPEAK Act) introduced in the Senate on the same day. It is a bill to create or adopt, and implement, rigorous and voluntary American education content standards in mathematics and science covering kindergarten through grade 12, to provide for the assessment of student proficiency benchmarked against such standards, and for other purposes.

Although it is voluntary, states must comply with the following regulations to receive certain federal funds: adopt the standards in mathematics and science as provided, align teacher certification or professional development requirements within three years of receiving the grant, align the state academic assessments and level of achievement in math and science with these standards, and develop activities for the purpose of educating local educational agencies and schools on what the standards adopted by the State are and how they should be incorporated into classroom instruction.

It is our concern that this legislation could be used as the basis for a national curriculum.

Introduced: 1/9/2007 Referred to the House Committee.

Status:

1/9/2007Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor

Sponsor: Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers [MI-3]

Cosponsors: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR00325:@@@P (9)

Bill Summary and Status: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:h.r.00325:

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

 Other Resources

September/October 2007 Court Report: “The Danger of National Standards”

S. 224—SPEAK Act of 2007