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The House and Senate Conference Committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) voted to approve a bipartisan framework that merges the Every Child Achieves Act and Student Success Act by a margin of 38-1 on Thursday. The compromise deal, referred to as the Every Student Succeeds Act, attempts to bridge the gap between the two versions of ESEA reauthorization legislation in a way that will appeal to lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, as well as President Obama and his Administration.
The deal was developed with significant leadership from the chairs of both chambers’ relevant committees, including Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), as well as House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA). While only limited information on the deal is available at this time, both Democrats and Republicans have expressed their support for the measure to move forward from current law and encouraged their colleagues to join them.
Reports indicate that the deal provides states with broad authority to develop their own accountability system, but maintains existing testing requirements for mathematics, reading/language arts and science. In addition, the deal repeals the deeply unpopular adequate yearly progress provision and replaces it with a state- designed and administered system that requires intervention only in the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools, in so-called “dropout factories” where only few students graduate, and in schools where subsets of student populations (such as minority students or English language learners) are consistently underperforming. However, the U.S. Department of Education will be barred from prescribing any specific intervention measures or from mandating the Common Core State Standards. Furthermore, the deal combines a wide variety of federal administered programs into a single block grant, a major priority for congressional Republicans.
ACTE and other education stakeholders are awaiting public release of the legislative language, which Rep. Kline said will be available on November 30. We will continue to monitor this issue as it progresses and advocate to ensure that the CTE community’s priorities are included in the final bill.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 11/20/2015 at 12:58 PM in ESEA, In the News | Permalink
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