Federal Relations

Federal Legislation
January 8, 2002

H.R. 1—No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
(Also known as the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act Authorization" bill)

Action: None. H.R. 1 has been signed by the President, Public Law No: 107-110.

Official purpose. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind.

Introduced March 22, 2001, by Rep. John Boehner.

3/23/2001: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
3/29/2001: Committee hearings held.
5/8/2001: Ordered to be amended. (Yeas and Nays: 41 — 7)
5/23/2001: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 384 - 45 (Roll no. 145).
5/25/2001: Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar.
6/14/2001: Senate passed companion measure H.R. 1 Vote. 91--8.
7/10/2001: Senate insists on its amendment, asks for a conference, appoints conferees.
7/18/2001: The Speaker appointed conferees for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference.
7/19/2001: Conference held.
8/1/2001: Conference held.
9/25/2001: Conference held.
10/30/2001: Conference held.
11/30/2001: Conference held.
12/11/2001: Conferees agreed to file conference report.
12/13/2001 On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by recorded vote: 381-41.
12/18/2001: Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 87-10.
12/18/2001: Cleared for White House.
1/4/2002: Presented to President.
1/8/2002: Signed by President.
1/8/2002: Became Public Law No: 107-110.
Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
While it is the position of HSLDA that the federal government has exceeded its constitutional limits in education policy, we believe that due diligence remains necessary to keep an ever-expanding federal government away from home education. To that end, HSLDA was satisfied with certain aspects of the final bill. One such aspect in the final language is the statement that none of the provisions contained therein should be interpreted as applying to home schooling. It also includes some positive policy steps including prohibitions on the development of a national test, restrictions on use of federal funds to develop any national curriculum, restrictions on federal teacher certification, the repeal of the Goals 2000 program, and prohibitions on a national data base.

 Other Resources

See H.R. 1 (pdf)

Final Education Bill Contains Protections for Home Schoolers

Key Home School Issues Still Pending in Conference Committee

HSLDA's Response to Questions Regarding Our Participation in Education Bills H.R. 1 and S. 1

Federal Alert Update—Committee Considers Step Toward National Test

Education Spending—A Comparison of Three Plans

Education Conference Committee Complete

Senate Selection Advances Education Proposal

H.R. 1 Passes the House

House Deals with H.R. 1 Amendments—Should Complete Work Today

H.R. 1 Great for Home Schoolers, Mixed Bag for Public Schools

House Committee Approves Education Bill

5/3/2001 Alert Update: Victory Report from Capitol Hill


Heritage Foundation Gives Senate Ed Bill a Failing Grade; House Bill a B+

HSLDA Attends Education Leaders Council (ELC) - Hill Insiders Unsure of H.R. 1 Final Language.

Senate, House Move Closer to Action on Education Bills (update on S.1 - 5/1/2001)

H.R. 1—No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Introduced in the House)

"Is This the Calm Before the Storm?"

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001—HSLDA's initial overview of the House bill

Bill Text for H.R. 1