E-Update for January 30, 2015

E-Update for January 30, 2015

E-Update for January 30, 2015

Updates

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, continues to prioritize reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Following up on last week’s hearing on testing and accountability, the HELP Committee held its second hearing on fixing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) this week, with a focus on supporting teachers and school leaders. Next week, the Committee will host its third (and expected final) hearing on NCLB, which will be a roundtable discussion of innovation to better meet the needs of students. Sen. Alexander has expressed his intention to hold a markup of the draft bill the week of February 9.

The House is likely to vote on a reauthorization of NCLB the week of February 24, according to a memo from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that outlined the chamber’s schedule for the month of February. This schedule aligns with the ESEA timeline put forth by Rep. John Kline (R-OH), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee. Kline has said he plans to forego holding hearings on the reauthorization, instead using the Student Success Act (ushered through the House in the 113th Congress) as the starting point for the legislative process. The House education committee is expected to begin marking up a bill in the coming weeks. 

Events

On February 2, the U.S. Department of Education will hold a briefing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request. Budget information will be posted here. The event will start at 2pm at the Department Auditorium (400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC, 20202). A livestream will also be available here.  Reservations are not required.

On February 3, the Senate HELP Committee will hold its third hearing on fixing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with a roundtable focusing on innovation to better meet the needs of students. Details of the hearing, including witnesses, have yet to be announced. Event page can be accessed here.

On February 4, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Expanding Opportunity in America’s Schools and Workplaces.” Details of the hearing, including witnesses, have yet to be announced. Event page here.

On February 4, the Brookings Institution will host Sen. Alexander for a speech on school choice upon the release of the 2014 Brookings Education Choice and Competition Index. He will discuss his vision for the distinctive roles of the federal government and states and local communities in American education and school choice. After his keynote remarks, Sen. Alexander will further discuss his perspective with Brown Center Director Grover Whitehurst and answer questions from the audience. Register here.

On February 5, the American Enterprise Institute will host a research conference to explore the question: is the “new” education philanthropy good for schools? Rick Hess, editor of the seminal volume “With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy Is Reshaping K-12 Education,” and Teachers College’s Jeff Henig will lead the conference. Eight new studies and analyses by scholars of education philanthropy and keen observers in the field will also be discussed. To RSVP, contact Jenn Hatfield here

U.S Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Guide on Identifying and Preventing Child Trafficking in Schools: The U.S. Department of Education released a new guide for educators on ways to identify and help prevent child trafficking in schools. Human Trafficking in America’s Schools is a free guide for school staff that includes information about risk factors, recruitment, and how to identify trafficking; what to do if you suspect trafficking, including sample school protocols and policies; and other resources and potential partnership opportunities. The Department also has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and President Lincoln’s Cottage, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to sponsor a youth campaign focused on raising awareness about and preventing human trafficking.
January 28, 2015

Congressional Headlines

Lawmakers Reintroduce Pre-K Bill: Democrats in the Senate and the House are reintroducing a bill that aims to improve both the quality and quantity of pre-K. The bill, the Providing Resources Early for Kids Act, would create a federal-state partnership that would help states either build high-quality pre-K programs from the ground up or improve and expand existing programs. The PRE-K Act is more streamlined and less expansive than the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, the ambitious early learning bill pushed by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) in the last Congress, though the Strong Start Act is also expected to get reintroduced this year.
Politico
January 29, 2015

Speaker Boehner Supports Annual Tests in NCLB Renewal: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), the Speaker of the House, said he supports the House approach to ESEA reauthorization, including annual testing, according to a January 28 email from Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith.
Education Week
January 28, 2015

Rep. John Kline: Annual, Statewide Tests Give Parents, School Boards Transparency: U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the chairman of the House Education committee, said he favors all students taking the same, statewide, annual assessments in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school, just as they do under current law. He stressed that keeping NCLB’s testing regime intact—while getting rid of the punitive sanctions in NCLB that nearly everyone hates—is necessary to provide transparency, both for parents and local school boards.
Education Week
January 28, 2015

SETRA Passes Senate HELP Committee: Senators Alexander and Murray, the respective Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate education committee, announced that the committee passed the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA) to improve the quality of education research in the United States and make research more relevant and usable for teachers, principals, school districts, and states on January 28. SETRA would amend and reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 through fiscal year 2021.
January 28, 2015

Senate HELP Subcommittees Announced: Senate HELP Committee Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray announced assignments for the Committee’s three Subcommittees for the 114th Congress. The three subcommittees are Primary Health and Retirement Security; Employment and Workplace Safety; and Children and Families.
January 28, 2015

HELP Committee Holds NCLB Hearing on Teachers and School Leaders: The Senate HELP Committee held its second hearing on fixing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) this week, with a focus on supporting teachers and school leaders.
January 27, 2014

New Legislation

H.R.523 : To aid and support pediatric involvement in reading and education.
Sponsor: Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-2] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (1)

H.R.524 : To prohibit the Federal Government from mandating, incentivizing, or coercing States to adopt the Common Core State Standards or any other specific academic standards, instructional content, curricula, assessments, or programs of instruction.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (36)

H.R.537 : To require any communication using Federal funds to advertise or educate the public on certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 to state that such communication was produced at taxpayer expense, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Womack, Steve [AR-3] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (17)

H.R.541 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to award grants to eligible entities to establish, expand, or support school-based mentoring programs to assist at-risk middle school students with the transition from middle school to high school.
Sponsor: Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (3)

H.R.551 : To amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.
Sponsor: Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (5)

H.R.553 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage the use of 529 plans and Coverdell education savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.554 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage the use of 529 plans and Coverdell education savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (3)

H.R.561 : To require the Secretary of Education to assess the impact of school start times on student health, well-being, and performance.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.562 : To improve transfer of earned school credits for foster youth.
Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.565 : To stimulate collaboration with respect to, and provide for coordination and coherence of, the Nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education initiatives, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (11)

H.R.566 : To award grants to improve equality of access to technology-enabled education innovations and understanding of how partnerships of educational agencies and research institutions design and implement such innovations in ways that improve student outcomes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (None)

H.R.587 : To direct the Secretary of Education to award grants to States to improve early education.
Sponsor: Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] (introduced 1/28/2015) Cosponsors (4)

H.R.618 : To expand opportunity through greater choice in education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] (introduced 1/28/2015) Cosponsors (3)

S.251 : A bill to aid and support pediatric involvement in reading and education.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (4)

S.265 : A bill to expand opportunity through greater choice in education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Scott, Tim [SC] (introduced 1/27/2015) Cosponsors (10)

S.277 : A bill to amend the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 and the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 to strengthen research in adult education.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 1/28/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.286 : A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 1/28/2015) Cosponsors (2)

S.308 : A bill to reauthorize 21st century community learning centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)

S.311 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to address and take action to prevent bullying and harassment of students.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (1)

S.312 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding school libraries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (2)

S.316 : A bill to amend the charter school program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (3)

S.317 : A bill to improve early education.
Sponsor: Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] (introduced 1/29/2015) Cosponsors (8)

Publications

Achieve Report: Closing the Expectation Gap: This report details states’ progress in advancing college and career readiness while also revealing that much work remains to be done to ensure that all students are academically prepared to succeed in college and careers after high school.
January 29, 2015

National Center for Education Statistics Report: Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2011–12 (Fiscal Year 2012): This report contains national and state totals of revenues and expenditures. This First Look includes revenues by source and expenditures by function and object, including current expenditures per pupil and instructional expenditures per pupil. State education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia provide the data to the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.
January 29, 2015

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Report: The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape:  This report reviews the history and effectiveness of the time-based Carnegie Unit. The report concludes that while the unit has sometimes served as a barrier to making higher education systems more transparent and flexible, doing away with it would make it very hard for students and educators to function efficiently. It provides a “minimal instructional standard” and a “common language to organize the work of schooling and communicate student accomplishments across a wide range of institutions.”
January 28, 2015

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