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Daily Dish: Deal Reached on #NCLB Rewrite/Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act #ESEA

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November 13, 2015 02:44 pm

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The big news today in the education policy world revolves around a deal for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

As this week’s episode of Federal Flash reveals, House and Senate negotiators have come to an agreement on an ESEA rewrite. The specific legislative language is not available yet, the video notes, but this compromise comes with a stronger emphasis on low-performing schools, (including high schools where one-third of students do not graduate), and on traditionally underserved students, than either of the versions passed by the House or the Senate. The next step, likely to happen next week, is to name members who will serve on the House-Senate conference committee, and a bill could be on the House floor after Thanksgiving, with the possibility of passing by the end of the year.

Education Week is reporting on some of the negotiations, and what made it into the bill, on topics including accountability, school choice, and funding issues. Here are some highlights. Be sure to read the article for more details.

According to the article, when it comes to accountability, states would be required to identify and take action in the bottom 5 percent of schools, schools where less than two-thirds of students graduate, and those that aren’t closing the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their peers. The bill allows states to create their own opt-out laws, but maintains the federal requirement for 95 percent participation in tests, the article notes.

When it comes to Title I, Ed Week report there is no portability, meaning “that federal funds won’t be able to follow the child to the school of their choice. But the bill does include a pilot project allowing districts to try out a weighted student funding formula, which would also essentially function as a backpack of funds for kids.”

There will be much more to follow on ESEA, so be sure to sign up for an email alert when the Alliance’s next Federal Flash episode is available. Send a message to: alliance@all4ed.org.

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