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Young Introduces Legislation to Rename Section of Federal Law in Honor of Breanna “Bree” Moore

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Washington, D.C., September 21, 2016 | Matthew Shuckerow | comments

Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today introduced legislation to rename a section of federal education law in honor of Breanna “Bree” Moore, a young Alaskan woman murdered by her boyfriend in 2014. 

“Breanna Moore will be remembered in so many ways; for her love and passion for life, her kindness and generosity to all those that knew her, and her dedication to make this world a better place. Although I did not personally know Bree, her story and the tragic events that led to her death are a constant reminder that we must never stop working to end this nation’s epidemic of domestic violence and abuse,” said Congressman Don Young. “I am thankful to Bree’s parents, Butch and Cindy, for their tireless advocacy to save others from facing the heartbreak and loss their family felt on June 26, 2014. This legislation, introduced alongside Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, is just a small step in honoring the life of Breanna Moore.”

Congressman Young meeting with Breanna Moore’s parents, Butch and Cindy, in Anchorage.

In 2015, Congress passed the first major reform and reauthorization to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became law in 2002. Section 4108 of that law allows schools to use Safe and Healthy Students program funding to “improve instructional practices for developing relationship-building skills, such as effective communication, and improve safety through the recognition and prevention of coercion, violence, or abuse, including teen and dating violence, stalking, domestic abuse, and sexual violence and harassment.” Congressman Young’s legislation would allow Section 4108 to be referred to as “Bree’s Law.”

The legislation would:

  • Allow clause (iv) of section 4108(5)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to be cited as “Bree’s Law.”
  • Allow programs or activities carried out under this clause to be referred to as “Bree’s Law programs” or “Bree’s Law activities.”



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