IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 20, 2013
Mr. Cochran introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To ensure that decisions by the Secretary of Education to award grants or other assistance to States or local educational agencies are not contingent upon the adoption of specific educational curricula.
This Act may be cited as the
Preserving Education Access and Autonomy Act of 2013
Prohibition on requiring the adoption of specific curricula
Definition of education grant or assistance
In this section, the term education grant or assistance—
means any grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or other assistance provided through a program administered by the Secretary of Education; and
includes any waiver of a statutory or regulatory requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 ( 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) granted by the Secretary of Education under the authority provided under section 9401 of such Act ( 20 U.S.C. 7861 ).
No requirement for specific curricula
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Education shall not require, as a condition of any education grant or assistance, that a State or local educational agency adopt a specific elementary school or secondary school curriculum.
No priority for specific curricula
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Education shall select recipients for any education grant or assistance without providing any priority, preference, or special consideration to a State or local educational agency based on the adoption by the State or local educational agency of a specific elementary school or secondary school curriculum.