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July 15, 2015

Senate Votes to End Debate on ESEA Rewrite; Final Vote Expected Thursday

Senators also rejected a high-profile amendment from Democrats to beef up accountability measures in the underlying bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

July 15, 2015

Civil Rights Groups, Teachers' Union Spar Over Accountability Amendment

The National Education Association sent a letter Tuesday to senators urging them to oppose a Democratic amendment that would beef up accountability in the Senate's ESEA rewrite.

July 14, 2015

Senate Rejects Amendments on Portability, Opt-Outs, LGBT Protections

As debate continues on the bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, senators turned down proposals on three contentious issues.

July 14, 2015

Senate Votes Down ESEA Amendment Designed to Protect LGBT Students

The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and harassment in public schools. But such protections are already required under Title IX, the National School Boards Association said.

July 14, 2015

Senate Democrats to Unveil Amendment to Boost Accountability in ESEA Rewrite

The amendment would require states to identify and intervene in their poorest-performing 5 percent of schools and those that graduate less than 67 percent of students for two consecutive years.

July 13, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Moves to Set End to ESEA-Rewrite Debate

The move could pose problems for senators still finessing amendment language on the ESEA bill, such as Democrats who are working on proposals to beef up accountability.

July 12, 2015

Senate ESEA Debate: What to Expect This Week

Pressure rises, with nearly 150 amendments filed so far on the bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, though it's unclear how many will make it to the floor.

July 10, 2015

Senators Likely to Spar Over Title I Formula Amendment During Senate ESEA

Under the amendment, more states would gain Title I funding than lose it. But some that would lose funding would lose big time.

July 09, 2015

Senate Rebuffs ESEA Amendment to Let States Opt Out of Federal Accountability

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., slammed the A PLUS amendment, knowing that if adopted it would have sunk his chances of getting the ESEA reauthorization across the finish line.

July 08, 2015

Senate Rejects School Voucher Amendment During ESEA Debate

Democrats cleared their first school choice policy hurdle, defeating a voucher amendment on the second day of debate on an Elementary and Secondary Education Act overhaul bill.

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