The House-Senate Conference Committee released its legislation for ESEA reauthorization today. The House is expected to consider the legislation either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
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As we have reported, after a lengthy stalemate, a bipartisan team of congressional negotiators has agreed to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The law, currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), sends roughly $14 billion a year in federal assistance to public schools serving low-income students.
The overhaul, known officially as a reauthorization, of the primary federal education law is long overdue. Actual language of the overhaul bill is not likely to be released until next week at the earliest.
But here’s what we know about the rough agreement (in layperson’s terms). First, annual testing — a major feature of NCLB — would remain for grades three through eight and at least once in high school. Schools would still have to test 95 percent of their students and report the results by subgroup (i.e., by race, income and special need, etc.). Continue reading Farewell, No Child Left Behind?
Yesterday (Nov. 19), the House-Senate Conference Committee approved S. 1177 –the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with amendments—by a 39-1 vote.
The full Report/bill language is expected to become public on November 30. The House could vote on the bill December 2 – 3 and the Senate could vote as early as December 7.
Click here to view the ESEA Framework as approved by the conference committee, which includes commentary from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Continue reading House-Senate Conference Committee Approves ESEA Rewrite (S. 1177) with Amendments
The 17 House Conferees were just named for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference Committee. They are:
- Republican conferees: Chairman John Kline (Minnesota), Glenn Grothman (Wisconsin), Virginia Foxx (North Carolina), Luke Messer (Indiana), David P. Roe (Tennessee), Todd Rokita (Indiana), Glenn Thompson (Pennsylvania), Brett Guthrie (Kentucky), Steve Russell (Oklahoma) and Carlos Curbelo (Florida).
- Democratic conferees: Ranking Member Bobby Scott (Virginia); Susan A. Davis (California); Marcia L. Fudge (Ohio); Jared Polis (Colorado); Frederica S. Wilson (Florida); Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon); Katherine M. Clark, (Massachusetts).
Next Step: Senate action to appoint conferees is expected soon.
The Washington Post today confirmed rumors that congressional negotiators have struck a tentative deal to replace No Child Left Behind, the main federal K-12 education law.
Leaders of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) have been busy preparing for the next steps in the ESEA reauthorization process. A House-Senate conference committee reportedly will be convening soon and a reconciled bill could be considered by both chambers in December.
While no written draft of the tentative deal exists, sources familiar with the framework of the proposal indicate it would shift authority for schools back to states and free them from many federal demands that have been in place for 13 years. The exact details of the proposal will be worked out in a conference committee comprised of members of both houses of Congress.
The WASB has learned that the U.S. House of Representatives will likely approve the formation of a conference committee and appoint its members tomorrow (Tues., Nov. 17) with the Senate to do the same on Wednesday (Nov. 18). Meetings of the panel could begin as early as Wednesday or Thursday and a brisk schedule of meetings is expected. The conference committee will follow an open process, which means there could be additional amendments proposed to the deal.
It will likely be after Thanksgiving break before the proposal will be ready for a vote, and probably early December before it could be sent to the President for his signature.
Continue reading Reports: Deal Reached on Overhaul of Federal No Child Left Behind Law
Assembly Bill 239 (as amended) was passed by the full state Assembly last week (Oct. 27). The bill now heads to the state Senate, where a companion bill, Senate Bill 193, has been voted out of committee.
The bill, as amended, requires a school board, upon request of a parent or guardian, to excuse a pupil enrolled in any grade from 3 to 12 from taking any examination required under state or federal law, except for an examination that is a high school graduation requirement. [Under current law, upon request from a parent or guardian, a school board, independent charter school, and private voucher school must excuse a pupil in 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade from taking state assessment adopted by the state superintendent of public instruction that is required to be administered to pupils in that grade.]
The WASB has a number of strong concerns about this bill.
Continue reading Parental Opt-Out of Student Testing Bill Passes Assembly