Fortunately, it’s not over yet. The next stop is conference where Senators and Representatives will reconcile the differences between S. 1177 and H.R. 5 and produce a compromise bill that will be voted on in both the House and Senate. As a recap, here’s a rundown of how our priority amendments fared on the Senate floor and what we’ll be watching in conference: Read more »
Imagine you’re a supervisor. You’ve set performance goals for all of your employees, and it’s evaluation season. One of the people you supervise has not been reaching her benchmarks. What do you do? Do you work with that employee to come up with strategies for achieving her performance goals? Or do you say, “Well, just keep doing what you’re doing. Maybe it’ll come out better next year”? You would probably work with your employee to improve her performance.
Shockingly, S. 1177—somewhat ironically named the Every Child Achieves Act—takes the opposite approach. The bill, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), requires states to develop accountability systems that measure whether their schools are doing a good job teaching all students. But, where a school’s accountability system reveals that certain “subgroups” of students (like African Americans or students with disabilities) are falling behind, the state and the school are under no obligation to do anything to help those students meet state benchmarks.
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When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law 50 years ago, it acknowledged one of our nation’s most fundamental civil right principles—that all children deserve access to a high-quality education, regardless of their race, income, sex, or other circumstances. To its credit, when Congress reauthorized ESEA as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002, it recommitted to that principle by requiring states to account for the performance of the most disadvantaged students.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, July 8th, the Senate passed the High School Data Transparency Act (S.Amdt.2124) by a voice vote as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act (a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)). The data act, which would help ensure that girls have equal access to athletic opportunities, is now part of the ESEA reauthorization bill pending before the Senate. Senator Murray’s amendment had four other co-sponsors: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
Yesterday, the Senate HELP Committee voted to advance the Every Child Achieves Act out of committee. This bill would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the major federal K-12 education bill. Although the bill passed out of committee unanimously, several members expressed concern that the bill did not include core civil rights protections for disadvantaged students.
We echo those concerns and hope that if the bill advances to the floor, the Senate adds the following measures to ensure all students have access to a quality education: Read more »
For three hours yesterday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) met to debate and offer amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act—a bipartisan compromise to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA is the major federal K-12 education-funding bill that was last amended in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind Act. Here’s a quick rundown of where things stand after yesterday’s markup: Read more »
Last week, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray released the Every Child Achieves Act—their proposal to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the major federal K-12 education bill, which was designed to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students. Markup of the bill in the Senate HELP committee starts today and is likely to continue at least through Friday. And while the proposed bipartisan bill is better than the discussion draft Senator Alexander released earlier this year, it doesn’t do enough to ensure the most disadvantaged students get the resources they need to learn. Here are three of the reasons why: Read more »