House Passes Bipartisan READ Act
On January 24, not up to one month into the brand new legislative consultation, Congress confirmed that the objective of offering high quality training for all kids continues to be a bipartisan factor by means of unanimously passing the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act in the course of the House of Representatives.
The invoice objectives the 263 million kids all the way through the globe who aren’t recently attending faculty. It supplies tips to create a U.S. technique dedicated to making improvements to tutorial alternatives and tackling limitations to university attendance and final touch. The invoice features a annually report back to Congress and the general public at the state of world tutorial accessibility. The regulation would additionally create a “Senior Coordinator” place within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) who could be liable for overseeing the implementation of the U.S. technique around the globe. The law additionally seeks to ensure that training is probably not interrupted by means of struggle or different emergencies in volatile international locations.
The invoice does all this whilst making improvements to the transparency of fundamental teaching programs to make certain that US taxpayer greenbacks are spent in probably the most impactful method, leveraging the United States’ talent to do the most productive paintings it might probably in world training.
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The READ Act is similar to the Education for All (EFA) Act, which GCE-US coalition participants performed an lively position in supporting. EFA additionally handed unanimously within the House of Representatives on International Literacy Day, September 7, 2016. The EFA Act was once additionally offered within the Senate however was once no longer voted on sooner than the legislative consultation resulted in December 2016.
The READ Act was once offered by means of Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), and garnered common reinforce from each events. Before the vote the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce (R-CA), famous the urgency of this invoice, declaring, “It has been decades since Congress reviewed and updated the authorities on which U.S. international basic education efforts are based.” Royce went directly to avidly reward the invoice, “We all recognize the importance of education as a driver of economic growth, social mobility, and overall stability. Even one extra year of schooling has been found to significantly increase a worker’s earnings and lifespan.”
“Prioritizing children’s access to education around the world strengthens our national security and global leadership” mentioned Congressman Lowey in regards to the invoice. “Simply put, we cannot build the world we want for ourselves, and for future generations, without making education the center of our efforts.”
The READ Act certifies that the United States stands company in its dedication to creating the sector a greater position. The invoice was once unanimously licensed, appearing transparent bipartisan reinforce for world training. Because of the READ Act, the sector shall be nearer than ever to putting forward that each and every kid is afforded their proper to a fundamental training.
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Brian Callahan is the Policy and Advocacy Director and Benjamin Strongin is the Policy Intern at GCE-US.