Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Serrano Applauds Inclusion of Quigley/Serrano/McKinley Paraprofessionals Standards Amendment in H.R. 5

Feb 27, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman José E. Serrano applauded the inclusion of an amendment restoring paraprofessional qualifications requirements in the Student Success Act (H.R. 5).  The Student Success Act seeks to reauthorize the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) since 2002.  The NCLB put in place educational and professional standards for non-teachers paraprofessionals that work in classrooms to provide special assistance to teachers and students.  The amendment offered by Quigley, McKinley, and Serrano would ensure that federal employment standards for paraprofessionals in public schools are reinstated with passage of H.R. 5.  Serrano is a former paraprofessional in the New York City public school system.

“This is great news for our children and I applaud Republicans for supporting this common sense measure. As a former paraprofessional, I saw firsthand the impact professionals like myself made in classrooms, especially in underserved communities. Paraprofessionals are essential to ensuring that students in low-income public school districts receive a high-quality education. This amendment will help ensure our schools can only hire professionals who are adequately prepared to assist in the classroom by setting national standards to require them to have a formal education and adequate professional training prior to hiring.”

“All our children deserve the opportunity to get an excellent education. This amendment will help guarantee that paraprofessionals have the skills they need to successfully support and enhance a children’s learning experience in the classroom.”

The amendment passed by a vote of 218-201.