E-Update for February 23, 2015

E-Update for February 23, 2015
Updates
The House will take up Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization this week, along with several other education bills. The House will consider H.R. 5, the Republican bill known as the “Student Success Act, on Wednesday and Thursday, with a final vote expected on Friday. In addition, the House will take up the “STEM Education Act” and the “Strengthening Education Through Research Act” (SETRA) this week. Both bills passed the House last Congress and are expected to pass the House again this week.
On the Senate side, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will host a hearing this Tuesday entitled, “Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities” to examine the report from the Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education. Hearing information will be available here. 
Events
On February 25, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) will host a webinar on “Advancing Career Pathways with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.” The webinar will focus on how to realize the promise of career pathways under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) […]

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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 Nearly all amendment votes fell along strict party lines, with all Republican amendments accepted or withdrawn and all Democratic amendments rejected or withdrawn.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 […]

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E-Update for February 6, 2015

E-Update for February 6, 2015
Updates
Congress continued to host hearings on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this week, with two hearings in the House Education and the Workforce committee and one in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Congressman John Kline (R-OH), Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, is likely to hold a mark-up of his version of ESEA reauthorization, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), on February 11. On the Senate side, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the HELP Committee recently released a statement expressing their plan to develop a bipartisan bill to fix ESEA. Both Alexander and Murray are working quickly in hopes of moving ESEA legislation to the floor before the Senate begins the appropriations process this spring. 
Events
On February 9, the Alliance for Excellent Education and Digital Promise will host a discussion-based event, entitled “Culture Shift: Making Innovation Contagious.” The discussion provides an opportunity for the education community to reflect on the strategies, practices, and policy reforms that result in more […]

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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 […]

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E-Update for January 23, 2015

E-Update for January 23, 2015
Updates
This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held its first hearing of the year on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization, focusing on testing and accountability. Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed his intent to have a bill ready for the floor by the end of February, with the House bill on the floor by the same time. In an event at the American Enterprise Institute, Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee John Kline (R-MN) confirmed Alexander’s proposed timeline. Next week, the Committee will host another hearing on fixing NCLB and supporting teachers and school leaders.
Events
On January 27, the Senate HELP Committee will host a second hearing on fixing NCLB, with a focus on supporting teachers and school leaders. Witnesses will include: Dr. Dan Goldhaber, Director, National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research; Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Mr. Saul Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools, Somerset Independent School District; Ms. Rachelle Moore , 1st Grade Teacher, Madrona K-8 School; and Dr. Christine Handy-Collins, […]

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E-Update for January 16, 2015

E-Update for January 16, 2015
Updates
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) came to the forefront this week with the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlining for the Administration key principles that should be a part of a reauthorization bill.  His speech was followed by remarks from both the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the Senate floor highlighting their goals for reauthorization of ESEA.  In addition, Senator Alexander, as Chairman of the HELP Committee, released a discussion draft to allow other Senators, as well as the education community, the opportunity to provide input and feedback on the draft bill as part of the reauthorization process.
Events
On January 20, the President will give the State of the Union address at 9 pm.
On January 21, the Senate HELP Committee will hold its first hearing of the new session on “Fixing No Child Left Behind,” with a focus on testing and accountability. The hearing is set to take place at 10am in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Details here.
On January 21, the Alliance […]

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E-Update for January 9, 2015

E-Update for January 9, 2015
Updates
The 114th Congress convened on January 6 for the start of the new legislative session. On January 7, Senate Republicans voted to make U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) the Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Senate Democrats followed suit yesterday by voting to elect U.S. Senator Patti Murray the Ranking Member of the Committee.
EducationCounsel News
On January 26, 12-1pm EST, the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative and EducationCounsel will host a free webinar to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by race-neutral strategies. The webinar will be grounded in a new ADC resource on race-neutral strategies, The Playbook: A Guide to Assist Institutions of Higher Education in Evaluating Race- and Ethnicity-Neutral Policies in Support of their Mission-Related Diversity Goals. The Playbook and many other access- and diversity-focused resources are available for free download at the ADC’s website. We encourage you to attend and to extend the invite to your colleagues and coworkers. Space is limited, and registration will close on Thursday, January 22. To register, please complete the following confidential, very […]

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E-Update for December 11, 2014

Senate Passes the Every Child Achieves Act: The Senate passed S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17 on Thursday, July 16. In committee, 29 amendments were adopted to the bill before it was sent unanimously to the floor on a vote of 22-0. On the Senate floor, 178 amendments were considered and 66 were adopted. Notably, a modified version of Sen. Burr (R-NC)’s amendment #2247 to alter the Title I funding formula was agreed to by a roll call vote of 59-39. The amendment will only impose changes to the formula once Title I funding exceeds $17 billion.

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E-Update for December 5, 2014

Senate Passes the Every Child Achieves Act: The Senate passed S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17 on Thursday, July 16. In committee, 29 amendments were adopted to the bill before it was sent unanimously to the floor on a vote of 22-0. On the Senate floor, 178 amendments were considered and 66 were adopted. Notably, a modified version of Sen. Burr (R-NC)’s amendment #2247 to alter the Title I funding formula was agreed to by a roll call vote of 59-39. The amendment will only impose changes to the formula once Title I funding exceeds $17 billion.

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E-Update for November 19, 2014

Senate Passes the Every Child Achieves Act: The Senate passed S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17 on Thursday, July 16. In committee, 29 amendments were adopted to the bill before it was sent unanimously to the floor on a vote of 22-0. On the Senate floor, 178 amendments were considered and 66 were adopted. Notably, a modified version of Sen. Burr (R-NC)’s amendment #2247 to alter the Title I funding formula was agreed to by a roll call vote of 59-39. The amendment will only impose changes to the formula once Title I funding exceeds $17 billion.

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