E-Update for May 15, 2015

E-Update for May 15, 2015
Events
On May 18, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host a webinar entitled, “Lessons Learned from Fifty Years of Federal Education Policy.” The webinar will be hosted by Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Jack Jennings, Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer of the Center on Education Policy, will discuss his new book, “Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools.” Register here.
On May 19, the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education will hold a hearing entitled, “Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs.” Further information has not yet been posted, but all hearing details will be available here.
On May 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Institutional Risk-sharing.” This hearing comes two months after Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, released a white paper on risk sharing, available here. Further information has not yet been posted, but all hearing details will be available here.
On May 21, New America will host […]

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E-Update for May 8, 2015

EducationCounsel E-Update for May 8, 2015
On April 30, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced S. 1177, the “Every Child Achieves Act,” a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill is anticipated to be considered on the Senate Floor in June. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader, recently provided reporters with the Chamber’s expected May floor schedule and S. 1177 was not included in the list of legislation to be addressed. The text of S. 1177 is available here.
Events
On May 11, the National Education Association (NEA) will host a day-long symposium, “Closing the Gaps: A Policy & Practice Conversation to Advance an Opportunity Agenda.” In this symposium, leading practitioners will highlight the success of specific interventions and gap-closing strategies, policy experts will explore the policy levers that can be pushed to better support and scale up proven practices, and leading thinkers will discuss the trajectory of education policy and practice needed in order to close achievement gaps and improve educational outcomes. At the intersection […]

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E-Update for May 1, 2015

E-Update for May 1, 2015
Events
On May 6, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: The Role of Consumer Information in College Choice.” Witnesses have not yet been announced. More information here.
On May 7, New America Foundation and Howard University will host a discussion entitled, “The Criminalization of Black Youth in the Classroom.” The event will focus on a report from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which reveals data about school discipline policies around the country.  RSVP here.
U.S Department of Education
Final School Improvement Grant Requirements Announced: The initial list of evidence-based, whole school reform models under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) final requirements has been posted for consideration by districts as they apply to their states for funds.April 30, 2015
USED Invites Applications for Enhanced Assessment Instrument Grants Program: The U.S. Department of Education (USED) published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for new awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Enhanced Assessment Instruments Grants Program. The purpose of the Enhanced Assessment Instruments Grant program, also called […]

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E-Update for April 24, 2015

E-Update for April 24, 2015
Events
On April 27, Results for America (RFA) and American Enterprise Institute will host a bipartisan discussion on how to revamp federal education policies and programs to help lawmakers spend public funds more effectively and efficiently. Rick Hess and Bethany Little will present a set of principles and policy recommendations for making better use of data, evidence, and evaluation to improve student outcomes. Other speakers will include: Emma Vadehra, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Education, and John Bailey, Vice President of Policy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. RSVP here.
On April 28, the Center for American Progress will host a conversation about a new report that highlights school districts throughout the country that are empowering teachers to lead the way to successful implementation of the Common Core. The report, “Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success,” demonstrates how teachers are assuming significant leadership roles and engaging in key decisions about how to implement the standards each day,and, in doing so, paving the way to a smooth transition to the Common Core. […]

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E-Update for April 17, 2015

E-Update for April 17, 2015
The Senate HELP Committee held a markup of the Every Child Achieves Act to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that spanned April 14th through 16th this week. After consideration of a total of 59 amendments (including the Manager’s amendment), the Committee adopted 30 amendments (5 Republican, 24 Democratic, and the Manager’s amendment). In addition, 8 amendments were defeated and 21 amendments were discussed and then withdrawn. The Committee ultimately passed the Every Child Achieves Act by a unanimous vote, 22-0. The bill will now move to the Senate floor for consideration over the coming weeks.
Events
On April 20, Invest in Us will host a webinar on School-Community Partnerships to Build Strong Early Learning Communities. The webinar will examine ways in which school districts can help build access to high-quality early childhood programming in their community. Participants will include: Roberto Rodriquez, Assistant to the President for Education, White House; Dr. Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education; Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, U.S. […]

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E-Update for April 10, 2015

E-Update for April 10, 2015
On April 7, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a bipartisan draft bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” will be marked up by the Senate HELP Committee beginning April 14, with a number of amendments expected. The HELP Committee’s press release is available here.
Events
On April 14, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee will hold a hearing on early childhood education. Witnesses will include: Dr. Walter S. Gilliam, Director, The Edward Zigler Center at Yale School of Medicine; Diana Mendley Rauner, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund; and Debra Andersen, Executive Director, Smart Start Oklahoma. Details here.
On April 14, Achieve will host a webinar titled, “Towards a Better Test: Communicating Assessment Results to Families and Educators.” Achieve has developed sample student assessment reports to help states, districts, and schools better communicate student assessment results to teachers, school leaders, and families. This webinar […]

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E-Update for March 27, 2015

E-Update for March 27, 2015
Updates
Following House passage of a Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution by a vote of 228-199 on March 25, the Senate followed suit and passed their Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution by a vote of 52-46 in the early hours of March 27. The Senate considered dozens of amendments to the budget as part of the “vote-a-rama” section of the budget process, including a number of education amendments. Notably, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) offered an amendment to increase taxes to fund pre-school programs, which failed by a roll call vote of 54-46. In addition, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) offered an amendment, the “Local Control of Education Act,” which would prohibit the federal government from mandating, incentivizing, or coercing states to adopt specific academic standards, including the Common Core standards, curriculum, or assessments. Sen. Vitter’s amendment was adopted by a vote of 52-46. It is important to note that amendments to a budget resolution are essentially statements of policy and thus would require further legislative action.
Events
On March 31, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Center for […]

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E-Update for March 20, 2015

E-Update for March 20, 2015
Events
On March 22 through 25, the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators is hosting its annual conference. The conference theme is “Charting the Course: Celebrating 50 Years of ESEA.” Keynote speakers will include Jack Jennings, founder of the Center on Education Policy; Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir, and Dr. Tammy Pawloski, Director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty and Professor of Early Childhood Education. Register here.
On March 23, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at AIR (CCRS Center) and American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) will host a webinar on “Strengthening Measures of College and Career Readiness and Success: State Longitudinal Data Systems.” The webinar will discuss the progress of state longitudinal data systems and the governance structures developed to ensure proper use.  A panel of national experts and state leaders will provide an overview of the successes and challenges of building cross-system longitudinal data systems and discuss the critical role that governance plays to ensure appropriate use and alleviate privacy concerns.  Register […]

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E-Update for March 6, 2015

E-Update for March 6, 2015
Updates
On February 27, Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives decided to postpone a vote on H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act,” the Republican bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Meanwhile, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) continue negotiations to develop a bipartisan ESEA reauthorization bill for Committee markup. Though the markup was initially slated for the week of March 9, it is now expected to take place the week of March 16 at the earliest. No formal announcement on the markup has been made at this time.
EducationCounsel News
EducationCounsel has published a white paper on the challenges of creating an effective, efficient regulatory approach for the American higher education system. The paper, Getting Our House in Order: Transforming the Federal Regulation of Higher Education as America Prepares for the Challenges of Tomorrow, assesses the state of regulation today and examines how it should evolve, with a special focus on accountability for institutions of higher education. Download […]

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E-Update for February 27, 2015

E-Update for February 27, 2015
Updates
This week, the House of Representatives took up the House Republican Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act.”  On Thursday and Friday, the House considered a total of 44 amendments to H.R. 5, including nine Republican amendments, nine bipartisan amendments, and 26 Democratic amendments. Of particular note, the House approved Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) amendment, which provides States with the authority to allow local education agencies to administer their own, locally designed academic assessment system, in place of a State-designed academic system.  In addition, the House approved an amendment offered by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-MI); this amendment allows state education agencies and eligible entities to use Local Academic Flexible Grant funds to audit and streamline assessment systems, eliminates unnecessary assessments, and improves the use of assessments. Roll call votes for several amendments were postponed Thursday night and into Friday. Late Friday afternoon, House leaders decided to postpone a vote on H.R. 5.
EducationCounsel News
On February 24, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on “Recalibrating […]

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