Congress Ready To Tackle Reathorization Of ESEA Again…The Devil Is In The Details…

In a press release today, the Education and Workforce Committee in the United States Congress stated the next step in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is about to begin:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2015
CONTACT: Press Office
(202) 226-9440
Joint Statement on Efforts to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), issued the following joint statement on efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:

We believe we have a path forward that can lead to a successful conference, and that is why we are recommending to our leadership to appoint conferees to take the next step in replacing No Child Left Behind. This is a law that everyone wants fixed, and teachers, parents, and students are counting on us to succeed. Our efforts to improve K-12 education will continue to reflect regular order, providing conference members an opportunity to share their views and offer their ideas. Because of the framework we’ve developed, we are optimistic that the members of the conference committee can reach agreement on a final bill that Congress will approve and the president will sign.

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The details of this are going to be watched by many.  No one is going to get everything they want.  That is certain.  But many people are going to be looking at what is sacrificed and what is rammed in there at the last minute.  I believe they should honor opt-out if they keep the standardized assessments, or just get rid of them entirely.  I don’t think they should do anything that continues the road we are on because the past 15 years have clearly shown us it is not good for students.