President Barack Obama used his penultimate State of the Union address to call for a dramatic expansion in college access and increased investments in early childhood.
During the NCLB reauthorization process, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he'll "be judging the draft and every amendment to the draft in part by whether it preserves the gains we've made for kids with learning disabilities."
The measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., comes just one day before the Senate education committee's hearing on testing and accountability.
President Obama is expected to make the case that his broader tax proposal will help families cover the cost of child care and gain access to college for their children.
The Senate education committee will hear from a presidential adviser, a state commissioner, a superintendent, a teacher, and a civil rights leader during its hearing on testing and accountability.
A proposal from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., illustrates the amount of pressure Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate education committee, will be under to craft a conservative approach to the law's reauthorization.
Testing is eating up a lot of the oxygen, but there's lots more to unpack in Sen. Lamar Alexander's No Child Left Behind draft.
In order to craft an overhaul of the federal K-12 education law that can clear the committee, the full Senate, and the president's desk, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will have to sharpen his politicking skills.
The two national teachers' unions, which collectively represent more than 4.6 million educators, are some of the most important (and powerful) groups that will try to shape the draft going forward.
More tidbits on Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization: The draft proposal could change the approach to using research in approving education plans.