Federal Legislation
January 27, 2012

S. 1722—The Early Learning Proficiency Act

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time. HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and will send out an e-lert if the bill comes up for a hearing.

Summary:
S. 1722 will increase federal spending and regulations over early education. This will give the federal government more control over schools and young children at the expense of parental and local control.

Status:

10/17/2011 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Sponsor: Senator Barbara Boxer

Bill Summary—H.R. 1722

HSLDA’s Position:
Oppose

Background:
While S. 1722 will only apply to early education programs in public schools, HSLDA is philosophically opposed to any program expanding the federal government’s control over education. HSLDA believes that the continuing growth of the federal government’s involvement in education is threatening local schools and parents who are trying to do what is best for their individual children. Nothing in the Constitution gives the federal government the power to manage the education of its citizens. Despite this, the federal government continues to expand its role in education at earlier and earlier ages, claiming that such interventions are necessary to achieve academic progress.

The success of homeschooling has demonstrated that the best educational achievement comes when parents can choose the best for their children without federal regulation and control.

 Other Resources

Read more about HSLDA’s position on federal early education policy.