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July 01, 2015

House Begins Process to Reconsider ESEA Reauthorization

The House Rules Committee is to meet July 7 to again consider its version of the federal K-12 law's rewrite; a vote could come as early as the next day.

June 30, 2015

Edu-Organizations to Congress: Keep Vouchers Out of ESEA Rewrite

Next week, the U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school choice.

June 30, 2015

What Should the Next Version of Accountability Look Like?

Under one vision, states and the federal government would set goals for student achievement, but the states would be able to use any strategies they wanted to get there.

June 25, 2015

Civil Rights Advocates vs. Teacher Advocates: A Destructive and Unnecessary Conflict

In this final post in his series on annual accountability testing and students' civil rights, Marc Tucker turns his attention to the way this issue has divided the civil rights community and advocates for teachers and calls it destructive and unnecessary.

June 24, 2015

Senate Schedules Debate on Bipartisan ESEA Reauthorization

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scheduled the measure for floor debate for July 7, just one day after 10 major education groups joined forces to demand senators prioritize the measure.

June 23, 2015

Major Education Groups to Senate: Make ESEA Rewrite an Immediate Priority

A bipartisan measure authored by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., has awaited floor debate for weeks, but has been passed over in favor of other priorities.

June 19, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Running Up Against Senate Calendar

Even so, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash, the influential co-authors of that chamber's bipartisan bill, still have their eyes on the prize.

June 18, 2015

Civil Rights Groups Demand More Accountability in Senate ESEA Bill

A coalition of 36 organizations say in a letter to senators that without changes, the bipartisan ESEA measure "will not fulfill its functions as a civil rights law."

June 18, 2015

Waiver States Seek Leeway for English-Learners' Impact on School Ratings

Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.

June 16, 2015

Refresher: What's in the Senate ESEA Rewrite, and Amendments to Watch For

A bipartisan bill could hit the Senate floor as early as this week, and members plan to file amendments on Title I, accountability, bullying, and employee background checks.

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