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Federal Education Policy Update from Washington, DC


Education advocates nationwide have been calling for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as the No Child Left Behind Act, since its expiration four years ago. Progress has been slow, but over the past few weeks, a number of significant developments have taken place to strengthen federal education policy. President Barack Obama announced that states will have the opportunity to request waivers from key ESEA policies in exchange for rigorous reform. The president’s intention is to improve federal policy whether or not the U.S. Congress acts to revise ESEA. But members of Congress will not be left on the sidelines. Just days before the president’s announcement, several Senate Republicans introduced legislation to reauthorize ESEA, and the House continues its work to improve ESEA through additional hearings on accountability.

On October 5 the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted an interactive webinar to provide an update on these activities and more. The webinar featured a roundtable discussion with Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, and representatives from the Alliance’s federal advocacy team. The webinar also provided an opportunity for the speakers to address questions submitted by viewers across the country.

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