Action Alert Re: H.R. 1891

By Ana Post posted 05-23-2011 01:52:56 PM


Contact your member of Congress to oppose H.R. 1891 and  support "Teaching American History" and the other important K-12 federal education programs that H.R. 1891 seeks to eliminate.

If your House Representative is on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, it is especially important that you contact them to express opposition to H.R. 1891. Click here for a list of members in that committee and subcommittee:


On May 13, Representative Duncan Hunter  (R-CA), chair of the House Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, introduced the “Setting New Priorities Act” (H.R. 1891) that would terminate 43 K-12 federal education programs that the House Republican leadership considers wasteful, ineffective and duplicative -- among other valuable programs, this would eliminate TAH.

The President’s fiscal year 2012 budget request for the Department of Education would eliminate Teaching American History grants (TAH) as a separately funded program. However, the Administration proposed consolidating history education into a new program called Effective Teaching and Learning for a Well-Rounded Education. This reflects the President’s ESEA proposal, the Blueprint for Reform that was released in March 2010.

Representative Hunter wants to “... introduce legislation that will eliminate – not consolidate, not defund, but eliminate – [what House Republican leadership considers] wasteful K-12 education programs.”

U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee issued his response to the bill, saying “The Republican education bill introduced today will not help move our education system to the 21st century and it won’t mean better outcomes for our students. It does nothing to address the concerns with accountability, it does nothing to support better data usage in schools, it does nothing to empower parents in their children’s education and it does nothing to help bring our schools and our students to the future.

The Administration’s proposed Well-Rounded Education program would support competitive grants to States, high-need local education agencies (LEAs), and nonprofit partners to develop and expand innovative practices to improve teaching and learning of the arts, foreign languages, history, civics, economics and financial literacy, environmental education, physical education, health education, and other subjects

Please note that this legislation would remove the authorization for Teaching America History grants. It is not an appropriations bill that provides actual funding for the program. So unless and until H.R. 1891 passes both Houses of Congress, TAH still exists. It will be left to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to decide whether TAH receives any money in the fiscal year 2012 Education Department funding bill that the Congress will consider later this summer.