Advocacy Alert: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Update; August Webinar
July 29, 2015
On July 16th the U.S. Senate voted on and passed S. 1177, the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a roll call vote of 81-17. Vouchers and tuition tax credits to non-public schools were not included in the Senate bill. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Schumer, the Senate rejected an attempt to amend the Title I program which would have cost New York schools more than $300 million. NYSSBA joined Schumer in his fight against the changes to the existing federal funding formula; click below to read the release.
The House version of the ESEA reauthorization bill H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, passed the House on July 8th by a vote of 218-213. Local school board governance is affirmed in provisions of H.R. 5. This legislation has school improvement interventions that are to be implemented at the local level for Title 1 schools, which will provide these schools greater flexibility to implement turnaround strategies. However, H.R. 5 authorizes level funding for Title I for each of the fiscal years 2016-2021. A modernized ESEA must be supported by adequate and sustained federal investments in Title I.
The legislation is now in Conference Committee where House and Senate leaders will attempt to reconcile differences between S. 1177 and H.R. 5.
The National School Board Association (NSBA) has provided a comparison chart of the House and Senate bills, click below to read to the chart.
Federal Issues Webinar
The NYSSBA Governmental Relations Team and the NSBA Director of Federal Legislation, Deborah Rigsby, will be discussing the latest updates on key issues which are under consideration by the 114th Congress on Wednesday August 5th at Noon. Tune in to hear more about the ESEA, local governance, and federal budget predications. This is your chance to ask questions and find out what you should be asking your congressional representative about while they are in their district for August District Work Period. Click below to register for the webinar.
NYSSBA Statement on ESEA:
NYSSBA issued the following statement on ESEA reauthorization which cites a recent NYSSSBA poll on the topic. Click below to view the statement.