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Update on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)


How NCTE’s Recommendations for ESEA Compare to the Bipartisan Senate Bill
-- Darren Cambridge, NCTE Director of Policy Research and Development, April 9, 2015

Over the last five months, NCTE staff and members have pushed aggressively for improvements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, a.k.a. No Child Left Behind). On Advocacy Day in early March, NCTE offered three recommendations to policymakers that, together, define our priorities for ESEA reauthorization.

On April 7th, the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a bipartisan reauthorization bill that will be marked up in committee next week. It is certainly a compromise, but it contains numerous improvements over the Republican draft bill released prior to hearings in January and February.

Here are some of NCTE’s key recommendations and how they compare to the bipartisan bill.  (Read more.)

Literacy and the Reauthorization of ESEA
-- Barbara Cambridge, Director, NCTE Washington, DC, Office, February 24, 2012

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has been on the agenda of the House and the Senate for a number of years. Committees responsible for education in both chambers agree that the current version of ESEA, known as NCLB, must be changed significantly. The approaches to changes, however, are quite different. A version of ESEA that will be acceptable to both chambers is, therefore, improbable until at least after the next election.  (Read more.)

Definitions of Literacy Terms in ESEA
-- Barbara Cambridge, Director, NCTE Washington, DC, Office, February 29, 2012

In each federal bill one early section is a set of definitions so that, when a word or phrase appears in a bill, readers know how that word or phrase has been used in the context of the bill. Although words within definitions carry their own connotations from past usage, the attempt with this explicit defining for the bill itself is to clarify how the words are applied within the bill.  (Read more.)


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