On July 24, members of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s federal advocacy team held a webinar to discuss two bills moving through the U.S. Congress to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Each bill was constructed by the majority party in its chamber—Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House—setting forth two very different visions of the federal government’s role in education.
During the webinar, Phillip Lovell, the Alliance’s vice president of federal advocacy,Jessica Cardichon, the Alliance’s director of federal advocacy, and Fred Jones, the Alliance’s legislative associate, examined key differences between the two pieces of legislation and discussed the likelihood of a bill reaching the president’s desk. They also provided updates on the federal budget and appropriations process and the U.S. Department of Education’s waivers from key provisions of NCLB.
Video and PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available here.