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WHILE YOU WERE OUT: Alliance Webinar Examines 2010 Lame Duck Session and Possible ESEA Reauthorization in 2011

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During a January 7 webinar, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, and members of the Alliance’s federal advocacy team reviewed the 2010 lame duck session in greater detail and previewed possible congressional action on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2011.

The webinar focused on recent comments about ESEA reauthorization byU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Representative John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. Specifically, Secretary Duncan wrote in a January 3 Washington Post op-ed that work on ESEA reauthorization has been underway for much of the past year and added that “few areas are more suited for bipartisan action than education reform.” Meanwhile, in a mid-December interview, Chairman Kline raised the possibility that ESEA reauthorization could move in a piecemeal fashion rather than the large comprehensive bills that have been the norm.

To watch archived video from the January 7 webinar, go to https://all4ed.org/events/010711Webinar.

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