The U.S. Senate’s Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced it will hold an Executive Session next week to vote on an as-yet-unnumbered proposal to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. The proposal is included on the list of bills to be considered Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 am.
Nearly a year ago, the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation (HR 2353) to reauthorize the Perkins CTE Act. While the House measure passed on a voice vote, similar proposals have been stalled in the Senate amid differences of opinion between the chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrats, particularly over how much authority the Secretary of Education should have to oversee the program.
Continue reading Federal update: Career and Technical Education (CTE) draws attention
McClatchyDC reports on Secretary John King’s Wednesday appearance before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, at which Republicans “strongly criticized” him for having “failed to follow the intent” of ESSA. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Richard Burr (R-NC) were quoted saying that the bill was clear in its language and the department was not following it.
Continue reading Education Secretary Defends ESSA Implementation Before Senate Committee
As we’ve reported, the proposed federal rules to implement “supplement-not-supplant” provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are triggering some spirited debates. Last week those debates occurred within the negotiating committee. This week they were repeated in Congress, where the chair of the Senate Committee that oversees education, former Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, threw down the gauntlet. Continue reading Sen. Alexander to Education Secretary: Rethink Your Draft ESSA Spending Rules, Or Else
From The Washington Post:
The Senate voted on Monday to confirm John King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary, a move that shows that education has become a rare issue on which a polarized Washington can reach bipartisan compromise.
Seven Republicans joined Democrats in voting 49 to 40 in favor of King’s confirmation…
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) — chairman of the education committee who previously served as education secretary under President George H.W. Bush — urged his colleagues to confirm King, arguing that the education department needs a leader who can be held to account as the nation implements a sweeping new education law that replaced the long-maligned No Child Left Behind. Continue reading Senate confirms John King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary
Students would still take annual standardized tests, but states would have much more control in how the results are used to scrutinize schools under a bipartisan plan to update the No Child Left Behind education law announced Tuesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, in a joint press release issued with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) the committee’s senior Democrat.
The senators announced an April 14 hearing on their proposal, which Alexander and Murray have worked on behind closed doors for months. Among the issues they’ve grappled with is whether to maintain annual testing requirements for all students in reading and math in grades three to eight and again in high school. Their plan keeps those requirements, but allows states to determine the weight of those tests in how they judge schools. Continue reading Senators Announce Bipartisan Agreement to Update Federal Education Law