Two others will require recorded votes, which will likely take place next week. One, from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), would encourage the secretary of Education to prioritize grants to schools that use energy-efficient buildings.
Another, from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), would strip language from the bill requiring that grants only go to high-quality charter schools, defined in part as schools that have shown success with minority students, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups.
• Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), stressing the importance of innovation in public education to prepare students to compete in the global economy;
• Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), allowing charter schools to get another round of grants for expansion if they can show successful student outcomes after three years;
• Rep. Ben Luján (D-N.M.), requiring charter school applicants to describe how the school program would share best practices between charter and public schools; and
• Polis, prioritizing states that allow charter school authorizers besides local educational agencies.
After considering amendments, the House recessed at about 3:45 p.m. to prepare for President Obama's 7 p.m. address to a joint session of Congress.