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
The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is intended to significantly shift authority and decision-making to the state and local level compared with the No Child Left Behind Law it replaced.
This week in Washington, a group that included Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers began discussions on how to implement the new law in a way that reflects that new balance between federal authority and state and local authority. As with many complex issues, the devil is often in the details. An update on those discussions follows.
For certain issues, ESSA requires the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to use a process known as “negotiated rulemaking” when writing regulations. Continue reading ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Gets Underway
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
The ESSA maintains the requirement for annual reporting of achievement test data disaggregated by subgroups of children, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners.
A change under ESSA is that, in addition, data will also have to be disaggregated by students’ status as migrants (children of migratory families), as homeless, and as children in foster care. Continue reading Reporting of Subgroup Data Expands under ESSA
From the National School Boards Association (NSBA):
President Obama just signed into law the bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). NSBA was represented at the bill signing. President Obama acknowledged the future work ahead, stating, “laws are only as good as the implementation” noting the importance of future engagement with schools, elected leaders, school leaders, community leaders, etc.
The law reaffirms the importance of local governance, protects federal investments for Title I for disadvantaged students, and prevents the diversion of public tax dollars for private use. S. 1177 passed the Senate on Wednesday, December 9 by a vote of 85 yeas to 12 nays and the House on Wednesday December 2 by an overwhelming majority.
Every member of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation voted in favor of the legislation.
WASB will be doing a series of posts on what is included in this legislation and what it will mean for school boards in Wisconsin.
The U.S. Senate approved the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act—the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—by a bipartisan margin of 85-12, mirroring the vote of 359 to 64 in the U.S. House of Representatives just days earlier. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill as soon as this week.
Both U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) voted in favor of the bill.
WASB will be posting an analysis of the legislation soon.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is extremely pleased to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bipartisan, bicameral bill by a vote of 359-64 with 11 U.S Representatives not voting to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177). Continue reading ESEA Reauthorization Breezes Through House
From the National School Boards Association (NSBA), which is asking its members to contact members of Congress and urge them to support the ESEA Modernization bill currently currently before the U.S. House of Representatives:
Message to Members of Congress: Vote YES for the “Every Student Succeeds Act”
Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to vote “Yes” for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is the House-Senate Conference Committee bill to modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The legislation includes specific support for local school board governance and flexibility. You can review NSBA’s letter of support for more information. Continue reading NSBA: Take Action to Support ESEA Reauthorization (Every Student Succeeds Act)