E-Update for February 13, 2015

E-Update for February 13, 2015

E-Update for February 13, 2015

Updates

On February 11, the House Education & the Workforce Committee held a markup of H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act,” the Republican draft bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The markup comes just one week after Chairman Kline reintroduced H.R. 5 on February 3. Nearly all amendment votes fell along strict party lines, with all Republican amendments accepted or withdrawn and all Democratic amendments rejected or withdrawn. Following deliberation on 26 amendments (including both the Republican and Democratic Substitute Amendments), the Committee voted to report H.R.5 to the House Floor by a party line vote of 21-16. The Democratic Substitute Amendment was also rejected by a vote of 21-16. The House is expected to vote on H.R. 5 the last week in February. Statements from Committee Republicans, Committee Democrats, and the Secretary of Education on the markup are below.

EducationCounsel News

On February 12, a bipartisan group of Senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee (including Sens. Alexander, Mikulski, Burr, and Bennet) announced a report detailing ways Congress and the U.S. Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for America’s 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers.  EducationCounsel contributed an appendix to the report:  a new white paper on “risk-informed” regulation, New Directions in Regulatory Reform: Prospects for Reducing Regulatory Burden Through Risk-Informed Approaches in Federal Law Governing American Higher Education. The full Task Force report (including appendices) is available here; EducationCounsel’s paper is also available separately here.  The HELP Committee plans to hold a hearing on the report on February 24.

Events

On February 17, New America’s Education Policy Program will host an event that focuses on the use of information technology at community colleges. The event will occur in conjunction with the release of a new report, Community College Online, which features case studies of how community colleges are harnessing technology to improve remediation, student services, and content delivery. The event will include a highly interactive technology expo, with presentations on many of the innovations featured in the report. Register here.

On February 17, Education Testing Service (ETS) will host a presentation on a new ETS report, “America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future.” A panel of respondents, including Gov. John Engler, President, Business Roundtable; Wade Henderson, President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund; Roberto Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education Policy, White House; and others, will follow with a discussion of the impact of these data on higher education, the workforce, and the future of the United States. RSVP here.

On February 18, DQC and Strive Together are hosting a webinar on “How Can Schools and Communities Collaborate to Help Students Succeed? With Data!” The webinar will focus on a new toolkit, Data Drives School-Community Collaboration: 7 Principles for Effective Sharing, which provides a solid foundation that communities can use to effectively share data between schools and communities to improve student supports. Schools and their partners have access to more data than ever. This resource can help schools and communities put that data to work to serve the whole child, in and out of the classroom, and empower communities to be full partners in the educational mission of their schools. Register here.

On February 18, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host an in-depth discussion on how learning data can improve education by offering students a more personalized student-centric approach to learning. This webinar will explore how data can provide a way to track performance and hold schools, principals, and teachers accountable. Panelists will include: Chris Kingsley, Associate Director for Local Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign; Bob Rothman, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education; and Chip Slaven, Counsel to the President and Senior Advocacy Advisor, Alliance for Excellent Education. Register here.

On February 18, the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers will host a conversation on “ESEA at 50: Federal Government and Equity in Education.” Panelists will include: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA, invited), Judith Browne Dianis, Wade Henderson, Tom Saenz, and Randi Weingarten.  Register here.

U.S Department of Education

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High: U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.
February 12, 2015

Secretary Releases Statement on NCLB Reauthorization Approved by House Education Committee: Secretary Arne Duncan issued the following statement on the legislation approved by the House Education and the Workforce Committee: “This Republican bill not only cements cuts in education funding for our children, but it also does nothing to guarantee that states continue to invest in education. Every child—no matter his or her zip code—deserves a quality education, including access to high-quality preschool and a fair shot at getting ahead.”
February 11, 2015

Congressional Headlines

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Student Privacy: The House Education and the Workforce Committee hosted a hearing on “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” on February 12. Witnesses included: Shannon Sevier, Vice President for Advocacy, National Parent Teacher Association; Allyson Knox, Director of Education Policy and Programs, Microsoft; Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools; and Joel Reidenberg, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law and Founding Academic Director, Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham Law School.
February 12, 2015

Kline Celebrates Approval of H.R. 5 by House Education Committee: Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement on Committee approval of H.R. 5: “The Student Success Act helps provide American families the education system they deserve, not the one Washington wants,” said Chairman Kline. “I want to thank all my colleagues for engaging in a robust debate and offering their ideas to improve education. We have a lot of work ahead, and we will continue to move forward in a manner that is open, transparent, and fair. America’s parents, teachers, and students have waited long enough for a new law that helps every child in every school receive an excellent education. This important bill will move us closer toward that goal, and I look forward to continuing the debate in the weeks ahead.”
February 11, 2015

Scott Criticizes House Passage of H.R. 5: Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce committee, released the following statement on passage of H.R. 5: “The Republican bill does a disservice to the fifty-year history of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and, more importantly, a disservice to our country’s students,” said Rep. Scott. “Instead of proceeding in a deliberative manner to fix No Child Left Behind, this bill shortchanges our schools and students. Unfortunately, our Republican colleagues have dismissed every plea for bipartisan cooperation, and passed a bill that would take American public education back decades.”
February 11, 2015

Alexander Applauds House Committee Passage of H.R. 5: Sen. Alexander, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, released the following statement on passage of H.R. 5 by the House committee: “Chairman Kline has worked diligently in this Congress and in the last two Congresses to pass a bill to fix No Child Left Behind. In the Senate, Ranking Member Murray and I are focused now on developing a bipartisan Chairman’s mark to fix this broken law and improve our nation’s 100,000 public schools for our 50 million students.”
February 11, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Senators Announces Report on Simplifying Federal Regulations for America’s 6,000 Colleges and Universities: A bipartisan group of Senators on the Senate HELP Committee, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), announced a report detailing ways Congress and the Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for America’s 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers. Chairman Alexander also announced a hearing to discuss the findings of the report on February 24.
February 12, 2015

New Legislation

H.R.823 : To better integrate STEM education into elementary and secondary instruction and curricula, to encourage high-quality STEM professional development, and to expand current mathematics and science education research to include engineering education.
Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-20] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (3)

H.R.833 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants for recruiting, training, and retaining individuals, with a preference for individuals from underrepresented groups, as teachers at public elementary and secondary schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.834 : To require States and local educational agencies to report on the achievement of military-connected students in annual report cards under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.840 : To increase the participation of women, girls, and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, to encourage and support students from all economic backgrounds to pursue STEM career opportunities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kennedy, Joseph P., III [MA-4] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (2)

H.R.846 : To end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (42)

H.R.847 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to invest in innovation for education.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)

H.R.848 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve teacher and principal effectiveness, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (1)

H.R.850 : To support evidence-based social and emotional learning programming.
Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-13] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (5)

H.R.851 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to adjust funding levels for certain outlying areas.
Sponsor: Rep Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [MP] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.858 : To establish a comprehensive literacy program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (7)

H.R.860 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to amend the process by which students with certain special circumstances apply for Federal financial aid.
Sponsor: Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (7)

H.R.881 : To prohibit certain nutrition rules with respect to foods sold at schools as a fundraiser.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (5)

H.R.882 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to improve environmental literacy to better prepare students for postsecondary education and careers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (42)

H.R.895 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding Native Hawaiian education.
Sponsor: Rep Gabbard, Tulsi [HI-2] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (2)

H.R.922 : To amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to provide enhanced academic and career training in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Adams, Alma S. [NC-12] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (3)

H.R.927 : To prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [VA-8] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (24)

H.R.930 : To recruit, support, and prepare principals to improve student academic achievement at eligible schools.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)

H.R.933 : To amend the Head Start Act to ensure that all children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs are vaccinated, and allow exemptions only for children with underlying medical conditions, for whom vaccines are therefore medically contraindicated.
Sponsor: Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (8)

H.R.937 : To authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to support early college high schools and other dual enrollment programs.
Sponsor: Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)

H.R.939 : To require the Secretary of Education to use the excess revenue generated from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to carry out the Federal Pell Grant Program.
Sponsor: Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.958 : To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Clyde Kennard in recognition of his sacrifice for education equality.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (None)

S.410 : A bill to strengthen Indian education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 2/9/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.412 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to encourage and support parent, family, and community involvement in schools, to provide needed integrated services and comprehensive supports to children for the ultimate goal of assisting students to stay in school, become successful learners, improve their academic achievement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] (introduced 2/9/2015) Cosponsors (None)

S.415 : A bill to amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in order to limit the penalties to a State that does not meet its maintenance of effort level of funding to a one-time penalty, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 2/9/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.416 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to promote the education of expectant and parenting students.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 2/9/2015) Cosponsors (None)

S.418 : A bill to support and encourage the health and well-being of elementary school and secondary school students by enhancing school physical education and health education.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 2/9/2015) Cosponsors (None)

S.419 : A bill to assist coordination among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics efforts in the States, to strengthen the capacity of elementary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools to prepare students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 2/9/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.439 : A bill to end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (20)

S.442 : A bill to establish within the Department of Education the Innovation Inspiration school grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (6)

S.444 : A bill to support afterschool and out-of-school-time science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 2/10/2015) Cosponsors (5)

S.451 : A bill to award grants to encourage State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to utilize technology to improve student achievement and college and career readiness, the skills of teachers and school leaders, and the efficiency and productivity of education systems at all levels.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (2)

S.464 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding Native Hawaiian education.
Sponsor: Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] (introduced 2/11/2015) Cosponsors (2)

S.474 : A bill to require State educational agencies that receive funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to have in effect policies and procedures on background checks for school employees.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (2)

S.476 : A bill to recruit, support, and prepare principals to improve student academic achievement at eligible schools.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.478 : A bill to promote career readiness indicators and career counseling for students.
Sponsor: Sen Kaine, Tim [VA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (2)

S.486 : A bill to amend the Head Start Act to ensure that all children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs are vaccinated, and allow exemptions only for children with underlying medical conditions, for whom vaccines are therefore medically contraindicated.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.492 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to improve environmental literacy to better prepare students for postsecondary education and careers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (5)

S.514 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish the Promise Neighborhoods program.
Sponsor: Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (4)

S.516 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to permit alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Sponsor: Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.528 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to improve the requirements regarding alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 2/12/2015) Cosponsors (1)

Publications

National Center for Education Statistics Report: Gender Differences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Interest, Credits Earned, and NAEP Performance in the 12th Grade: This “Statistics in Brief” describes high school graduates’ attitudes toward STEM courses (specifically, mathematics and science), credits earned in STEM fields, and performance on the NAEP mathematics and science assessments in 2009.
February 12, 2015

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Report: School Practices and Accountability for Students with Disabilities: This study presents descriptive findings on school practices in 12 states during 2010–11 for elementary and middle schools explicitly held accountable for the performance of the students with disabilities (SWD) subgroup under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The study found that, when surveyed in 2011, elementary schools accountable for the SWD subgroup were 15.8 percentage-points more likely than never-accountable elementary schools to report moving students with disabilities from self-contained settings to regular classrooms over the previous five years. Middle schools accountable for the SWD subgroup were 16.7 percentage-points more likely than never-accountable middle schools to report moving students with disabilities from self-contained settings to regular classrooms over the previous five years.
February 2015

National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools Report: Equity At Scale: How Public Charter School Networks Can Innovate and Improve Services for Students with Disabilities: In response to the need of public charter networks to enhance and strengthen the programs, services, supports and other offerings for students eligible for special education, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) has released Equity At Scale: How Public Charter School Networks Can Innovate and Improve Services for Students with Disabilities. Key highlights and resources in the report include: examples of innovative cost-sharing and other funding strategies to ensure all schools have the supports they need for all students, network strategies to offer specialized services and programs, and exemplars of successful network and district collaboration.
February 2015

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