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What’s Happening in Washington, DC? A Federal Education Policy Update

Webinar:


Panelists
Jessica Cardichon, Director of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Fred Jones, Legislative Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education
Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar that will provide an update on what’s happening with education policy in Washington, DC.

Earlier this month, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 proposed budget, which allows the president to set forth his administration’s values and priorities and provide a framework advancing policies and legislation and the extent to which they should be funded. Members of the Alliance’s federal advocacy staff provided information on the president’s budget proposal, as well as other federal education policy updates, including

  • an analysis of the President FY 2014 Budget request for the U.S. Department of Education (ED);
  • an update on the budget process and the role of sequestration in that process;
  • a status update on ED’s waivers from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and other ED programs; and
  • the latest on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.all4ed.com.

>>> GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME
TO TODAY’S UPDATE.
I’M PHILLIP LOVELL.
JOINING ME ARE TWO COLLEAGUES,
JESSICA CARDICHON, DIRECTOR OF
FEDERAL ADVOCACY, AND FRED
JONES, LEGISLATIVE ASSOCIATE.
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS,
MUCH OF THE 401(k) ON CAPITOL
HILL HAS BEEN CENTERED ON THE
FOR BUDGET.
IN PARTICULAR, WE’VE TALKED
ABOUT THE SEQUESTER, CONTINUING
RESOLUTION, AND THE PRESIDENT’S
BUDGET REQUEST.
ALTHOUGH CONGRESS IS STILL
UNABLE TO PASS AN OVERARCHING
BUDGET, THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF
MOVEMENT IN THE HALLS OF
CONGRESS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION.
OVER THE NEXT HOUR WE’LL PROVIDE
AN UPDATE ON A WIDE NUMBER OF
TOPICS INCLUDING THE SEQUESTER,
CONTINUING RESOLUTION, CONGRESS’
WORK ON THE BUDGET, THE
DEPARTMENT’S FLEXIBILITY POLICY,
ALSO KNOWN AS WAIVERS,
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM FROM
THE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS
EVERYONE’S FAVORITE TOPIC, THE
STATUS OF REAUTHORIZATION OF THE
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
EDUCATION ACT.
WE’VE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF
QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO
REGISTERED FOR THE WEBINAR AND
WILL ADDRESS AS MANY AS WE CAN.
TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION, PLEASE
SEND US YOUR QUESTION LIVE BY
CLICKING THE BOX AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE SCREEN.
WE’VE HAD A LOT TO COVER IN A
SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME SO WE’RE
GOING TO GET STARTED.
ALL RIGHT.
FIRST UP, THE FEDERAL BUDGET.
I’LL GIVE A QUICK OVERVIEW OF
HOW I HAVE SEEN THINGS THE LAST
SEVERAL MONTHS, THEN WE’LL GO
INTO THE DETAILS.
WE CAME IN TO THIS CALENDAR
YEAR, AND THE BIG ISSUE WAS THE
FISCAL CLIFF, ARE WE GOING TO
FALL OFF THE FISCAL CLIFF.
WE DID NOT FALL OFF THE FISCAL
CLIFF.
WHAT HAPPENED WAS IN THAT BUDGET
DEAL THAT WAS STRUCK, THEY
DELAYED SEQUESTRATION.
SO FAST FORWARD A FEW MONTHS,
WITHIN ABOUT A MONTH OF EACH
OTHER, CONGRESS HAS TO FINISH
PASSING THEIR APPROPRIATIONS
BILL AND HANDLE WHETHER OR NOT
WE WERE GOING TO GO THROUGH
SEQUESTRATION, THE AUTOMATIC
ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUTS THAT WE’LL
GO INTO IN DETAIL.
THE HOUSE AND SENATE TACKLED
THEIR INDIVIDUAL APPROACHES TO
THE LONG-TERM BUDGET FOR THE
COUNTRY.
SO WHAT HAPPENED, WELL, WE NOW
IS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION
RATHER THAN PASSING EACH
INDIVIDUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL,
WE PASSED A CONTINUING
RESOLUTION BASICALLY FUNDING
THINGS AT LAST YEAR’S LEVEL.
MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT DURING
THAT C.R., AS WE REFER TO IT,
THE C.R. DEBATE, THAT
SEQUESTRATION WAS GOING TO BE
FIXED.
LO AND BEHOLD, SEQUESTRATION WAS
NOT FIXED.
AND SO WE HAVE SEQUESTRATION IN
EFFECT.
AND WHAT WE HAVE IS THE HOUSE
AND THE SENATE TAKING TWO VERY
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO THE
OVERALL BUDGET.
THERE’S ONE FIGURE THAT SEEMS
REALLY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO
UNDERSTAND, THAT A NONDEFENSE
DISCRETIONARY SPENDING LINE IS
THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT
CONGRESS DECIDES UPON EACH YEAR
THAT FUNDS ESSENTIALLY DOMESTIC
PROGRAMS.
THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS
FUNDED OUT OF HERE AND OTHER
PROGRAMS AT OTHER DEPARTMENTS.
THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE TAKEN
WILDLY DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO
THIS TOP LINE FIGURE FOR HOW
MUCH WE’RE GOING TO SPEND ON
NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY
SPENDING.
IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, GOING
BACK IN TIME TO 2011 WHEN THE
GOVERNMENT ALMOST SHUT DOWN
BECAUSE WE COULDN’T FIGURE OUT
IF WE WERE GOING TO BE RAISING
THE DEBT CEILING OR NOT, THE
BUDGET CONTROL ACT WAS PASSED
AND IN THAT, THEY SET SPENDING
CAPS FOR THE NONDEFENSE
DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS.
THE CAPPED LEVEL WAS $506
BILLION.
SO THAT NUMBER, 506, IS GOING TO
COME UP A FEW TIMES.
$506 BILLION.
IN THE SLIDE, YOU CAN SEE WE
HAVE SEVERAL OTHER SPENDING CAPS
INCLUDED, AS WELL.
SO THE BUDGET CONTROL ACTS OF
$506 BILLION, THE LAW SAID THAT
IF WE DO NOT HAVE AN OVERARCHING
APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION
THAT’S RESULTED IN THE $1.2
TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTIONS,
SEQUESTRATION WOULD GO INTO
EFFECT.
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014, THAT TOP
LINE LEVEL FOR NONDEFENSE
DISCRETIONARY SPENDING WOULD GO
NOT — IT WOULD NOT BE UP TO
$506 BEING — BILLION, IT WOULD
DROP TO $469 BILLION.
TO THE CURRENT DEBATE, SENATOR
PATTY MURRAY FROM WASHINGTON
STATE, WROTE A BUDGET AS CHAIR
OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE THAT HAS
THE TOP LINE SPENDING FIGURE
BACK AT THAT PRESEQUESTRATION
LEVEL OF $506 BILLION.
ON THE HOUSE SIDE, THEIR BUDGET
GOES WELL BELOW THE
SEQUESTRATION FIGURE, DOWN TO
$414 BILLION.
THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REQUEST
THAT WAS SUBMITTED JUST A FEW
WEEKS AGO, THE PRESIDENT
ENVISIONS $506 BILLION FIGURE
FOR THE NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY
SPENDING.
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT I FEEL FOR
FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND HOW
CONGRESSMAN RYAN’S BUDGET, THE
HOUSE BUDGET, GOT TO $414
BILLION BECAUSE WE’LL NOTE THAT
IT GOES WELL BELOW THE $459
BILLION OF SEQUESTER THAT WAS
INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET CONTROL
ACT.
AND HOW WE GOT THE $414 BILLION
IS THAT — REMEMBER THAT THE
SEQUESTER WAS SUPPOSED TO IMPACT
THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND THE
DOMESTIC BUDGET EQUALLY.
WHAT CONGRESSMAN RYAN’S BUDGET
PROPOSAL DOES IS TAKE ALL THE
CUTS THAT WERE GOING TOWARD
DEFENSE AND PUTS THOSE ON —
RATHER THAN HAVING THE TOP LINE
OF $459 MILLION UNDER
SEQUESTRATION, WE GO TO $414 B.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS SETS US UP
FOR AN INTERESTING PATH AHEAD.
TELL US WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE
PATH AHEAD FOR THE COMING YEAR.
>> SURE.
THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE WORLDS
APART.
YOU KNOW, THE HOUSE HAS A BUDGET
OF ABOUT $414 BILLION, AND THE
SENATE HAS A BUDGET AT ABOUT
$506 BILLION.
SO WHAT THIS MEANS WITH SUCH A
STARK DIFFERENCE IS BOTH
CHAMBERS ARE GOING TO MOVE ON
THEIR OWN ACCORD.
SO THE HOUSE WILL CONTINUE
MOVING FORWARD, AND THE SENATE
WILL CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD.
BUT I THINK THE COMPROMISE TO
BRINGING THESE TWO BODIES
TOGETHER WILL BE EXTREMELY
CHALLENGING.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED
TO KNOW WAS IF HOUSE DEMOCRATS
SENT SPEAKER BOEHNER A LETTER
ASKING HIM TO DESIGNATE BUDGET
CONFEREES SO THEY CAN HOPEFULLY
MOVE THE BUDGET PROCESS FORWARD.
THAT STILL HASN’T HAPPENED YET,
BUT THEY’RE HOPING THAT THEY CAN
MOVE FORWARD, AS WELL.
ON THE SENATE SIDE, I THINK
THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE JUST
TRYING TO MOVE A CONGRESSIONAL
BUDGET FORWARD.
I THINK WHAT MAKES THINGS
CHALLENGE IS THE APPROPRIATIONS
PROCESS.
AND APPROPRIATIONS IS
POTENTIALLY HOW CONGRESS GOES
ABOUT FUNDING FEDERAL PROGRAMS
OR NOT FUNDING THOSE.
I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE THE
APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FOR BOTH
CHAMBERS COMING TOGETHER LATER
ON REALLY, REALLY, REALLY
DIFFICULT BECAUSE WE’RE ALMOST
$100 BILLION APART BETWEEN THE
HOUSE AND THE SENATE.
I THINK ADDITIONALLY WHAT WE’LL
LIKELY SEE AS YOU WERE TALKING
ABOUT EARLIER IS WE’RE FUNDED
CURRENTLY UNDER A CONTINUING
RESOLUTION.
AND IT’S LIKELY THAT WE’RE GOING
TO CONTINUE THAT PROCESS MOVING
FORWARD, GIVEN HOW FAR AWAY BOTH
CHAMBERS, BOAT THE HOUSE AND THE
SENATE ARE AT THIS TIME.
>> ALL RIGHT.
JESS, WHY DON’T YOU DIVE IN A
LITTLE BIT TO THE SEQUESTER PART
OF THE EQUATION.
GIVE US AN UPDATE NOW THAT
SEQUESTRATION IS IN EFFECT.
SO HOW IT IMPACTING — HOW IS IT
IMPACTING THE BOARD OF
EDUCATION?
>> THERE WERE ACROSS-THE-BOARD
CUTS OF 5.1%.
TO POINT OUT TWO PROGRAMS IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FOR
TOTAL F. YFMT CUT IS $756
BILLION FOR IDEA WHICH FUNDS
PART B TO STATES.
THE GRANT CUTS WERE CUT BY $603
MILLION.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE A
FEW THINGS.
ONE, STATES AND DISTRICTS ARE IN
DIFFERENT POSITIONS TO ABSORB
COSTS.
THEY’RE ALREADY ABSORBING OTHER
STATE AND LOCAL COSTS, FUNDING
CUTS WITHIN THEIR BUDGETS.
SO TO HAVE THE FEDERAL CUTS ON
TOP OF THAT I THINK ARE
PARTICULARLY HARD FOR A NUMBER
OF STATES AND DISTRICTS.
AND IN OUR LAST WEBINAR, WE
TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF
IMPACT AID.
AND DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH A
DISTRICT RELIES ON FEDERAL
GRANTS, THEY MIGHT FEEL THE
WEIGHT OF THAT 5.1% CUT MORE
THAN OTHER DISTRICTS.
ANOTHER THING ALSO TO NOTE IS
THAT SENATOR REID DID INTRODUCE
LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE
SEQUESTER.
IT DID NOT INCLUDE ANY NEW
REVENUE.
AND WAS NOT TAKEN UP BY
CONGRESS.
WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS CONGRESS
LAST WEEK TOOK UP THE SEQUESTER
CUTS TO FAA AND SEEMED MORE
RESPONSIVE TO THOSE CUTS BUT NOT
ONES THAT WE’RE SEEING TO HEAD
START OR OTHER KEY EDUCATION
PROGRAMS.
SO MAYBE MOVING FORWARD,
CONGRESS MIGHT TAKE UP PIECEMEAL
APPROACH TO THE SEQUESTER, BUT
UNTIL WE MAYBE START SEEING MORE
OF THE IMPACT HITTING AT THE
LOCAL LEVEL, THERE’S — THERE
DOESN’T SEEM TO BE MUCH
APPRECIATE ON THEM TO TAKE UP
THE SEQUESTER AS A WHOLE.
>> ONE WOULD HOPE THAT A
PROPOSAL BY SENATOR REID’S
PROPOSAL THAT WOULD GET RID OF
SEQUESTER WOULD SEE THE LIGHT OF
DAY.
BUT AS WE’VE SEEN AND HEARD, A
NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
HAVE SAID THAT UNLESS PEOPLE
REALLY SEE THE IMPACT OF THE
SEQUESTER, LIKE YOU COULD SEE
THE LONG LINES AT THE AIRPORTS,
WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET THAT
PRESSURE.
I THINK IT’S SOMEWHAT
UNFORTUNATE THAT WE TOOK — THAT
CONGRESS TOOK THAT PIECEMEAL
APPROACH, AND IN RECORD SPEED
FOR CONGRESS DID SOMETHING ABOUT
IT.
IT WAS IN THE NEWS AND WHO’S
ABLE TO AFFORD — POOR KIDS ARE
NOT APPLYING TO GO TO VACATIONS
AND WHATNOT, GOING ON BUSINESS
TRIPS.
SO IT’S NOT REALLY APPARENT THE
IMPACT OF THE SEQUESTER ON POOR
KIDS.
HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW, WE’LL BE
ABLE TO CERTAINLY SHINE THE
SPOTLIGHT ON THOSE, TOO.
>> YEAH.
I THINK YOU BRING UP A VERY GOOD
POINT.
OFTENTIMES STUDENTS, WHETHER
RICH OR POOR, AREN’T ORGANIZED
YET.
THEY COULD BE THREE OR FOUR OR
FIVE YEARS OLD OR OLDER, BUT
THAT’S WHY I THINK IT’S VERY
IMPORTANT AS AN EDUCATION
ADVOCATE THAT WE NOT BEATING THE
DRUM ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS
TO FACE SEQUESTRATION.
IT’S JUST A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
AFFECTED BY THIS, AND ESPECIALLY
STUDENTS.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE
FIND A SOLUTION TO IT.
>> SO MOVING ON FROM
SEQUESTRATION, SHORTLY AFTER
SEQUESTRATION CAME INTO EFFECT
AND SHORTLY AFTER WE HAD — WE
PASSED THE CONTINUING
RESOLUTION, THE PRESIDENT ISSUED
HIS BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR.
NORMALLY THE BUDGET COMES UP IN
THE FIRST MONDAY OF FEBRUARY
BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE THINGS
GOING AROUND, THE BUDGETS CAME
OUT IN APRIL.
SO JESS, WHY DON’T YOU HIGHLIGHT
FOR US SOME OF THE IMPORTANT
PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE HIGH
SCHOOL REFORM IN THE PRESIDENT’S
BUDGET.
>> RIGHT.
THERE IS ACTUALLY A LOT IN THERE
FOR HIGH SCHOOLS.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS
IS JUST A PROPOSAL BY THE
PRESIDENT.
WE’RE HOPING THAT CONGRESS WILL
LOOK TO THE BUDGET TO KIND OF
SET — RESET ITS PRIORITIES
MOVING FORWARD.
A COUPLE THING WE WERE EXCITED
ABOUT WAS THE $300 MILLION FOR
THE HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN, DUAL
ENROLLMENT, $42 MILLION.
FIRST-IN-THE-WORLD COMPETITION
FOR $260 MILLION TO IMPROVE
ACCESS AFFORDABILITY AND
COMPLETION AND QUALITY AT THE
HIGHER ED LEVEL.
WE SAW $25 MILLION FOR
DISCONNECTED YOUTH.
AND THIS FUNDING WOULD PRIMARILY
GO TO FUND 13 PERFORMANCE
PARTNERSHIP FIELTS IMPROVE
OUTCOMES FOR DISCONNECTED YOUTH.
THERE IS ALSO A REQUEST FOR $25
MILLION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT
OF ED AND LABOR TO COME UP WITH
INTERAGENCY STRATEGIES TO
SUPPORT THIS POPULATION AND
DISCONNECTED, THESE ARE OFTEN
CAUGHT BETWEEN DEPARTMENT OF
LABOR PROGRAMS AND DEPARTMENT OF
ED PROGRAMS SINCE THEY’RE NO
LONGER CONNECTED TO THE SCHOOL
SYSTEM BUT ARE CONNECTED TO THE
LABOR FORCE, AS WELL.
ALSO $659 MILLION FOR SCHOOL
TURNAROUND GRANTS ALSO KNOWN AS
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS.
$50 MILLION FOR SCHOOL CLASSMATE
TRANSFORMATION GRANTS WHICH
SEEMS TO BE AN INCREASING FOCUS
BY THE DEPARTMENT TO RECOGNIZE
THAT WE NEED FUNDING TO IMPROVE
— CREATE POSITIVE SCHOOL
CLIMATES.
AND THERE WERE SOME
CONSOLIDATIONS OF PROGRAMS.
ONE OF THEM THE ADVANCED
PLACEMENT PROGRAM WHICH
CURRENTLY RECEIVES $30.1 MILLION
TO SUPPORT AP AND IV COURSES FOR
STUDENTS.
IT WASN’T INCLUDED IN
PRESIDENT’S BUDGET.
IT’S INCLUDED UNDER A
CONSOLIDATED PROGRAM.
BUT THE — WHAT WE’RE REALLY
EXCITED TO SEE, AND THIS WAS
INDICATED A BIT IN THE
PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION
SPEECH, THE IDEA OF RETHINKING
HOW OUR HIGH SCHOOLS ARE
STRUCTURED TO MEET THE NEW
CHALLENGES OF TODAY’S WORK
FORCE.
SO I KNOW THAT WE’RE SHOWING
RIGHT NOW A STATEMENT BY
PRESIDENT OBAMA DURING THE STATE
OF THE UNION SPEECH.
SO WE HAD SOME INDICATION IN
JANUARY THAT THERE MIGHT BE
SOMETHING COMING OUT OF THE
DEPARTMENT.
SO WE WERE REALLY PLEASED TO SEE
A HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN PROPOSAL
FOR $300 MILLION IN THE
PRESIDENT’S BUDGET.
AND THEY’VE ACTUALLY PROVIDED A
FAIR AMOUNT OF DETAIL ABOUT WHAT
THIS WOULD INCLUDE.
SO WE’LL GO OVER A COUPLE OF KEY
COMPONENTS.
THE FIRST ONE IS REDESIGNING OUR
ACADEMIC CONTENT AND
INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES TO ALIGN
BETTER WITH POST SECONDARY AND
CAREERS.
IN ONE WAY THE DEPARTMENT IS
GOING AT THIS IS TO MAKE SURE
THERE’S PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN
LEAs, HIGHER ED, AND THE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY MAKING SURE
THAT EVERYONE’S AT THE TABLE SO
THAT STUDENTS BOTH COLLEGE AND
CAREER READY.
THERE’S A FOCUS ON PERSONALIZED
LEARNING WHICH WE SAW INITIALLY
IN THE DEPARTMENT’S DISTRICT
PROGRAMS.
THERE SEEM TO BE A SHIFT IN THE
DEPARTMENT IN FOCUSING GRANT
FUNDING ON CREATING PERSONALIZED
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR
STUDENTS.
THE OTHER KEY COMPONENT IS THAT
TRANSITION BETWEEN SECONDARY AND
POST SECONDARY.
WHETHER COLLEGE OR CAREER
INVESTIGATION, ENSURING THAT NOT
ONLY DO GRADUATES GO ON TO POST
SECONDARY.
THERE’S AN EMPHASIS ON
OPPORTUNITIES TO EARN POST
SECONDARY CREDIT.
NOT ONLY DOES IT GET ITS
INCREASING ECONOMIC RIGOR AND
ALSO COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY, SO
STUDENTS CAN GET A COUPLE OF
CREDITS BEFORE THEY GO ON.
THE OTHER KEY PIECE IS THE FOCUS
ON CAREER EXPLORATION.
SO NOT JUST, YOU KNOW, KIND OF
PART OF EXPLORING DIFFERENT
CAREERS BUT NOT TRACKING THEM IN
CERTAIN CAREERS BUT GET A SENSE
OF WHAT CAREERS ARE AVAILABLE TO
THEM AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES
THAT GO ALONG WITH THEM.
WHAT’S REALLY KEY ABOUT THIS IS
IT’S TRYING TO MAKE WHAT THE
STUDENTS ARE LEARNING RELEVANT.
SO ONE THING WE’VE BEEN HEARING
IS THAT ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS
THAT STUDENTS DON’T COMPLETE
HIGH SCHOOL IS A LACK OF ENGAGE
OR SEEING WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS
RELEVANT.
DUE TO HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN
THERE SEEMS TO BE AN INCREASE IN
RELEVANCY WHO TO SEE WHAT
STUDENTS ARE LEARNING, HOW
THEY’RE APPLYING IT.
THERE’S AN EMPHASIS ON PROJECT
BASE LEARNING, RETHINKING OF HOW
WE USE TIME AND TECHNOLOGY, AND
AN EMPHASIS ON COMPETENCY-BASED
INSTRUCTION.
I KNOW THE RELIANCE RECENTLY
RELEASED AN EVALUATION OF HOW
NEW HAMPSHIRE IS MOVING FORWARD
WITH COMPETENCY-BASED
INSTRUCTION.
THEY’RE PUSHING APPLICANTS TO
RETHINK WHAT THE SCHOOL DAY
LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT STUDENTS ARE
OFFERED.
AND IT WASN’T FLUSHED OUT AS
MUCH, BUT THERE’S AN EMPHASIS ON
RECOGNIZING THAT PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT PARTICULAR III HIGH
SCHOOL LEVEL WILL LOOK
DIFFERENT.
REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT’S AN
EFFECTIVE MODEL TO REPLICATE
THEM.
>> QUITE A NUMBER OF THINGS IN
THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET FOR
FOCUSING ON HIGH SCHOOLS AND
DEFINITELY WITH THE SIGNATURE OF
$300 MILLION PIECE FOR HIGH
SCHOOL REDESIGN.
VERY HOPEFUL THAT CONGRESS WILL
FIND ITS WAY TO FUND THIS
PROGRAM IN THE MIDST OF THE
COMPLETE BUDGET CHAOS THAT WE’RE

SEEING, AS WELL.
AN INTERESTING AND BUMPY RIDE
BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE
FISCAL YEAR.
>> ONE QUICK THING TO NOTE.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT AS WE’VE
SEEN REALLY THROUGHOUT THE
BUDGET A TARGETED FOCUS ON EACH
OF THE STAGES ALONG THE
CONTINUING.
THERE’S BEEN A FOCUS ON EARLY
ED, AND WE’VE HEARD TALK ABOUT A
FOCUS ON HIGHER ED.
THERE’S BEEN A GAP IN TERMS OF
FOCUSING ON HIGH SCHOOLS IN
PARTICULAR.
IT REALLY KIND OF COMPLETES THE
WHOLE SPECTRUM.
>> VERY GOOD POINT.
FRED, WHAT ARE SOME OTHER ITEMS
WORTH NOTING WITHIN THE
PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REQUEST?
>> SURE.
THERE’S A COUPLE OF ITEMS THAT
ARE WORTH NOTING.
THE PRESIDENT DECIDED TO
CONSOLIDATE A FEW DIFFERENT
PROGRAMS THAT I WANTED TO
HIGHLIGHT.
WE FEEL AS THOUGH SOME OF THESE
PROGRAMS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE
DISTINCT AND FUNDED ON ITS OWN
AS IT’S BEEN IN THE PAST.
SO FOR EXAMPLE, THE HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATION INITIATIVE ALONG WITH
THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
HAVE BEEN FUNDED IN THE PAST,
BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED TO
CONSOLIDATE THEM INTO THIS —
UNDER THIS UMBRELLA CALLED THE
COLLEGE OF ATHLETES AND
ACCELERATED LEARNING.
WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
INITIATIVE, IT’S ESSENTIALLY A
DROPOUT RECOVERY AND PREVENTION
PROGRAM.
AND LEAs ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
WHAT THE FOCUS IS TO INCREASE
GRAD RATES AND TO RECOUP SOME
STUDENTS WHO HAVE FALLEN OFF
TRACK.
ADDITIONALLY WITH THE ADVANCED
PLACEMENT PROGRAM, IT’S AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE
COLLEGE-READY COURSES AND TO
EXPAND ACCESS TO RELEVANT AND
COLLEGE-RELATED COURSEWORK.
IN THE PAST THE HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATION INITIATIVE HAS BEEN
FUNDED AT ABOUT $48 MILLION
ROUGHLY, AND THE ADVANCED
PLACEMENT PROGRAM HAS BEEN
FUNDED ABOUT $30 M. AGAIN, THESE
TWO PROGRAMS ARE HIGH SCHOOL
RELATED.
AND WE FEEL THAT SHOULD BE
DISTINCT ON ITS OWN.
I THINK IN ADDITION, YOU HAVE TO
STRIVE AND REACH COMPREHENSIVE
LITERACY PROGRAMS.
THE STRIVE AND REACH
COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY PROGRAM
IS ESSENTIALLY AN AGE 0 TO GRADE
12 PROGRAM TO IMPROVING LITERACY
AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
INSTRUCTORS CAN HELP LOW INCOME
AND LOW ACHIEVEMENT STUDENTS AND
LITERACY BETTER COMMUNICATE,
READ, AND WRITE EFFECTIVELY.
THIS PROGRAM HAS ALSO BEEN
CONSOLIDATED TO THE EFFECT OF
TEACHING AND LEARNING PROGRAMS.
IN THE PAST IT’S BEEN FUNDED BY
$159 MILLION, BUT IT’S BEEN
CONSOLIDATED WITH PROGRAMS INTO
AN ENTITY THAT’S ABOUT $186
MILLION.
I THINK MOVING FORWARD THE
PRESIDENT HAS ALSO TALKED ABOUT
TWO OTHER PROGRAMS, ONE BEING
THE EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL
TEAMS PROGRAM WHICH IS REALLY A
REWORKING OF TITLE 2.
IT’S ABOUT A $2.5 BILLION
PROGRAM, AND IT’S USED TO
DEVELOP RIGOROUS TEACHER
EVALUATIONS, AS WELL AS
EMPLOYING PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT, AND THERE’S ABOUT
ROUGHLY A 25% SET-ASIDE TO HELP
RECRUIT, TRAIN, AND SUPPORT THE
TEACHING WORK FORCE.
I THINK IN ADDITION, THIS
PROGRAM IS A COMPETITIVE
PROGRAM, AND THE GRANTEES ARE
LEAs AS WELL AS STATES.
IN ADDITION TO THE $2.5 BILLION
REWORKING TITLE 2, THERE’S ALSO
A $5 BILLION PROGRAM CALLED THE
RESPECT CAMPAIGN.
AND THIS CAMPAIGN IS REALLY USED
TO HELP ELEVATE THE PROFESSIONAL
TO TEACHING WORK FORCE.
IN ADDITION TO THE EXCELLENT
INSTRUCTIONAL TEAMS, I WANT TO
HIGHLIGHT THE S.T.E.M. PROGRAM
IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET.
S.T.E.M. IS REALLY, IT’S IN 90
PROGRAMS ACROSS 11 AGENCIES.
AND THE PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED
REALLY TO DEVELOP THIS
INITIATIVE CALLED THE S.T.E.M.
INNOVATION INITIATIVE TO HELP
GENERATE ABOUT 100,000 NEW
EFFECTIVE TEACHERS IN THE
S.T.E.M. FIELD OVER THE NEXT
DECADE.
SO THOSE ARE REALLY TWO CORE
COMPONENTS HERE.
AND THEN LASTLY, I WANTED TO
SHARE WITH YOU THIS IS GENERALLY
AT A MORE MACRO LEVEL ABOUT THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S BUDGET
ADDRESSING SEQUESTRATION AND THE
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALLS.
AND THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET, HE
REALLY TRIED TO INCREASE FUNDING
LEVELS ABOUT 5% TO GET IT BACK
TO 3 SEQUESTRATION OF NUMBERS.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, HE’S
INCLUDED ABOUT $14.5 BILLION IN
TITLE 1 AND $11.6 BILLION IN
IDEA.
THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET WHICH
WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER IS
ABOUT $71.2 BILLION.
THIS INCLUDES PEL, AND IS ABOUT
A $3.1 BILLION INCREASE ABOVE A
2012 LEVEL.
>> THANKS FOR THE OVERVIEW.
I THINK THAT TO SUM UP FROM OUR
PERSPECTIVE WITH THE PRESIDENT’S
BUDGET WE’VE GOT A STRONG
EMPHASIS AS JESSICA WAS SAYING
ON THE PIPELINE.
OF COURSE WE’RE WELL AWARE OF
THE HEAVY EMPHASIS ON PRESCHOOL,
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM, UNIVERSAL
PRESCHOOL PROPOSAL.
CONTINUING THAT PIPELINE
APPROACH, THERE’S $300 MILLION
PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOLS ALONG
WITH SOME OTHER INITIATIVES FOR
HIGH SCHOOLS.
OVERALL, THE $3 BILLION INCREASE
OVER LAST YEAR WHICH IS
SUBSTANTIAL GIVEN THE STATE OF
THE BUDGET AND THE NUMBER OF
PROGRAMS LIKE IDEA, RESTORED TO
THEIR PRESEQUESTRATION LEVEL
EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN’T GET AN
OVERALL BUMP UP.
NOW I THINK THAT IT’S REALLY
IMPORTANT FOR FOLKS TO
UNDERSTAND THAT NONE OF THE GOOD
THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED
SUCH AS THE $300 MILLION NEW
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM IS GOING TO
HAPPEN UNLESS CONGRESS ACTUALLY
APPROPRIATES THE FUNDS.
YOU KNOW, WHERE DO THINGS GO
FROM HERE?
CLOSE TO EARLY SUMMER, THE HOUSE
AND THE SENATE WILL START TO
TAKE UP THEIR APPROPRIATIONS
BILL.
AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT I
THINK FOR ADVOCATES TO THE
GROUND TO MAKE THEIR VOICES
HEARD, TO LET THEM AND CONGRESS
KNOW REALLY TWO THINGS.
ONE, THE INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS
THAT THEY NEED TO SEE
PRIORITIZED.
ALSO I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR
US TO CARRY EACH OTHER’S
BANNERS.
THAT IS, WE NEED TO SUPPORT AN
OVERALL BUDGET AND SUPPORT
EDUCATION THAT SUPPORTS KIDS IN
GENERAL.
SO THAT’S WHY WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT THIS OVERALL OF
DISCRETIONARY SPENDING LEVEL.
SOMETHING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL
YEARS WE’LL NEED TO BE TALKING
ABOUT.
I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO
SPEAK TO THE OVERALL INVESTMENT
WE’RE MAKING AND EDUCATION AND
THEN ALSO FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL
SPENDING PRIORITIES, WHETHER
IT’S IN THE HIGH SCHOOL
REDESIGNED PROGRAM OR PILOT ONE.
>> MOVING ON.
WE SPENT PART OF THE TIME
TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET.
WE’LL SPEND PROBABLY A LITTLE
BIT LESS TIME TALKING ABOUT THE
OTHER ISSUES.
BUT THE BUDGET PROCESS IS
PROBABLY IMPORTANT AS IT T GET
MORE AND MORE CONTENTIOUS EACH
AND EVERY YEAR.
WE’VE COVERED WHAT’S BEEN GOING
ON THE BUDGET SIDE.
NOW WE’LL TURN TOWARD WHAT’S
HAPPENING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION.
CONGRESS MAY — THEY’RE
DEFINITELY WORKING BUT NOT
GETTING A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF
DONE FOR EDUCATION.
BUT IT’S MOVING ITS AGENDA
FORWARD.
SO JESSICA, WHY DON’T YOU GIVE
US THE STATUS UPDATE ON THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S WAIVER
POLICY, SOMETHING WE TALKED
ABOUT IN THE PAST BUT HAVEN’T
HEARD AS MUCH ABOUT IT IN THE
LAST FEW WEEKS.
>> WELL, THERE ARE 35 APPROVED
WAIVER APPLICATIONS TO 34 STATES
PLUS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
THERE ARE STILL TEN PENDING
WAIVER APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE
YET TO BE APPROVED.
THERE WERE THREE RECENT
SUBMISSIONS, ONE FROM
PENNSYLVANIA, ANOTHER FROM
TEXAS, AND A THIRD ONE WHICH IS
INTERESTING, FROM CALIFORNIA,
NOT FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
BUT TEN INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS
UNDER THE ACRONYM OF C.O.R.E.
IT’S THE ONLY WAIVER APPLICATION
THE DEPARTMENT IS REVIEWING
THAT’S AVAILABLE.
PENNSYLVANIA’S WAIVER
APPLICATION ISN’T AVAILABLE.
TEXAS’ IS NOT ON THE
DEPARTMENT’S WEB SITE BUT CAN BE
FOUND ON THE TEXAS STATE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
BUT HAS TO ARE THE THREE MOST
RECENT ONES.
THERE’S STILL SEVEN OTHERS THAT
WERE SUBMITTED IN THE LAST YEAR
THAT ARE STILL AWAITING
APPROVAL.
THEY’RE MOVING MORE TO THE
MONITORING PHASE.
ONE INTERESTING THING TO NOTE IS
THAT THE FIRST 11 STATES THAT
WERE APPROVED, THEIR WAIVERS ARE
UP FOR RENEWAL IN FEBRUARY WHICH
MAY SEEM IT’S ABOUT TEN MONTHS
OFF, BUT WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT THE
RENEWAL PROCESS WILL LOOK LIKE,
HOW EXTENSIVE THAT WILL BE.
IF THE DEPARTMENT WILL IS ASK
FOR MAJOR MODIFICATIONS FROM
WHAT WAS APPROVED OR, YOU KNOW,
MINOR REVISIONS BASED ON WHAT
THEY’VE SEEN DURING THE
IMPLEMENTATION PHASE.
WE SHOULD HAVE SOME SENSE
HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF THE
SUMMER OR MAYBE IN THE FALL WHAT
THE RENEWAL PROCESS WILL LOOK
LIKE UNLESS, OF COURSE, AN ESEA
IS AUTHORIZED BEFORE THEN.
WE’LL PROBABLY SEE RENEWAL
BEFORE THAT.
>> I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AGREE
WITH YOU.
YOU KNOW, SPEAKING OF OVERSIGHT
AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT AS A
PROPONENT OF THE EDUCATIONAL
LINES DOES ON THE PART OF
EDUCATION INCLUDING GRADUATION
RATES AND WAIVERS, CAN YOU GIVE
AN UPDATE ON WHAT’S GOING ON
WITH THAT ISSUE?
>> SURE.
I WOULD SAY MAYBE A COUPLE
MONTHS AGO WE RELEASED A PAPER
THAT TOOK A REALLY DEEP DIVE
INTO THE GRADUATION RATES AND
GRADUATION RATE ACCOUNTABILITY
WITHIN THE WAIVER APPLICATIONS.
THERE’S REALLY FOUR MAIN CORE
AREAS IN WHICH WE IDENTIFIED IT
AS POSSIBLE CHALLENGES.
ONE BEING THE ACTUAL WAY
GRADUATION RATE ARE CALCULATED
AND MAKING SURE THAT IT’S A VERY
SUCCINCT AND ALSO ACCURATE
DEFINITION OF THE GRADUATION
RATE.SO WE JUST WANTED TO MAKE
SURE THAT DATES ARE DEFINING
GRADUATION RATES UNIFORMLY, AND
ALL IN THE SAME WAY.
I THINK SECONDLY IF WE WANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT GRAD RATES COULD
FOR A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF A
STATE’S ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM SO
THAT YOU WOULDN’T — SO THAT
GRAD RATES WOULDN’T MATTER OR
MEAN AS MUCH AS MAYBE STUDENT
ACHIEVEMENT OR GROWTH OR COME
OTHER INDICATORS THAT ARE
TYPICAL IN THE STUDENTS — SOME
OTHER INDICATORS THAT ARE
TYPICAL IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.
I THINK THIRDLY WE WERE LOOKING
AT THE WAY SUBGROUP GRADUATION
RATES CAME ABOUT.
SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE
SCHOOLS WERE IDENTIFYING THE
PROPER SCHOOLS BASED OFF THE
SUBGROUPS MEANING LOW-INCOME
STUDENTS, RACIAL AND ETHNIC
STUDENTS OF COLORS, ELO STUDENTS
WHO HAVE DISABILITIES, TO MAKE
SURE THAT THEY WERE STILL LOOKED
AT FROM A GRAD RATE
ACCOUNTABILITY STANDPOINT.
WE HIGHLIGHTED THAT ALSO IN OUR
REPORT.
AND LASTLY WE WERE LOOKING AT
THE USE OF A — AN EXTENDED ERA.
SO TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
STUDENTS WOULD GRADUATE IN FOUR
YEARS INSTEAD OF FIVE OR SIX
YEARS.
BUT IF — IF STUDENTS WERE TO
TAKE LONGER THAN THEY SHOULD
HAVE HIGHER GOALS AND TARGETS
ALONG WITH THAT.
SO WE RAISED THOSE CONCERNS IN
OUR PAPER, AND WE’VE BEEN
TALKING TO THE DEPARTMENT AND
DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
ABOUT IT, AS WELL.
BUT I THINK MOVING FORWARD WE
WERE REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THAT
IN THE RELEASE OF THE
DEPARTMENT’S FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS IN TERMS OF HOW STATES
WERE GOING ABOUT IMPLEMENTING
THEIR ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM, WE
SAW THAT IF — IF A SCHOOL
MISSED THEIR TARGETS FOR
SUBGROUPS FOR MORE THAN ONE
YEAR, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO
IMPLEMENT SOME TYPE OF REFORM.
AND THIS WAS A BIG CLARIFICATION
WITHIN THE — WITHIN THE PROCESS
THAT WE WERE VERY, VERY HAPPY TO
SEE.
AND SO THAT’S — THAT’S KIND
WHEREVER WE ARE IN TERMS OF
WHERE OUR FOCUS IS AT THE
MOMENT.
WE’RE VERY, VERY EXCITED TO SEE
THAT.
AND I THINK THAT HAPPENED ABOUT
A MONTH AND A HALF AGO —
>> IN THE REVISED GUIDANCE FROM
MARCH 5, I BELIEVE.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE
INTERESTED IN THE DETAILS, THE
LAST PAGE HAS THE GUIDANCE AND
INCLUDES THE CLARIFICATION THAT
IT’S A SUBGROUP, IF A SUBGROUP
MISSES ITS TARGET FOR MULTIPLE
YEARS, THAT IT HAS TO TAKE
PLACE.
THIS IS A REALLY, REALLY
IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION AS WE
WERE DOING OUR REVIEW OF THE
WAIVER APPLICATIONS.
A NUMBER OF STATES REALLY DIDN’T
HAVE A WHOLE LOT IN THEIR PLANS
AROUND GROUP ACCOUNTABILITY.
VERY GOOD.
SO MOVING ON, IN ADDITION TO
WAIVERS, THE DEPARTMENT IS
EFFECTIVELY UTILIZING ITS
STRATEGY OF DRIVING REFORMS
THROUGH COMPETITIVE GRANT
PROGRAMS.

— JESS, CAN YOU GIVE US THE
LATEST?
>> THE I3 GRANTS EARLIER IN THE
YEAR RELEASED THEIR IFP FOR
COMMENTS AND INCORPORATED
COMMENTS THAT A NUMBER OF
ORGANIZATIONS SUBMITTED.
WE WERE HAPPY TO SEE SOME OF
OURS INCLUDED.
AND THEY’VE RELEASED THE FIRST
ROUND, THE RFP FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT GRANTS BECAUSE
THERE’S A DEVELOPMENT VALIDITY
AND SCALE UPGRANT.
I3, THERE’S THREE GRANTS.
THE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS THEY WERE
OPEN TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS
UNTIL APRIL 29.
THEN IT’S A PPREPRE-APPLICATION
PHASE AND THEY’LL INVITE THEM TO
PREPARE FOR THE FULL GRANT.
WE HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING ON THE
NEXT ROUND OF THE TOP DISTRICTS.
THERE WERE 16 RECIPIENTS IN THE
LAST ROUND.
AND I THINK A FUTURE RACE TO THE
FINANCIAL GRANTS ARE LIKELY TO
BE STATE GRANTS BUT ANOTHER
ROUND OF DISTRICT APPLICATIONS
CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF
DISTRICT APPLICATIONS THAT THEY
RECEIVED.
AND SO THERE SEEMS TO BE A THEME
ACROSS ALL OF THE COMPETITIVE
GRANTS REALLY FOR THE DEPARTMENT
TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO REALLY
PROVIDE EVIDENCE-BASED MODELS,
WHETHER IT’S AROUND COMPENSATION
— COMPETENCY-BASED INSTRUCTION,
PERSONALIZATION, ACCESS TO
EFFECTIVE TEACHING KIND OF USING
COMPETITIVE GRANTS TO DRIVE
INNOVATION AND REALLY VALIDATED
WHAT’S WORKING AND HOPEFULLY
WHEN WE SEE SOME BEST PRACTICES
EMERGING FROM THIS FUNDING,
USING THAT INFORMATION TO INFORM
AN AUTHORIZATION.
ONE THING, NOT TOO TO — NOT TO
BACKTRACK, BUT ONE THING WE WERE
PLEASED TO SEE IN THE HIGH
SCHOOL DESIGN IS IT WAS FOCUSED
ON EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGY.
LOOKING AT WHAT’S WORKED IN HIGH
SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND
LOOKING TO FUND THAT.
AND SO THAT SEEMS TO BE THE M.O.
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ONE TESTING
OUT WHAT WORKS.
WEAST EVIDENCE AND ONCE WE KNOW
WHAT WORKS, USING MONEY TO SCALE
UP THAT EVIDENCE ACROSS THE
SCHOOL DISTRICT.
>> A LOGICAL APPROACH IN MY
OPINION.
>> RIGHT.
>> LET’S MOVE FROM THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ON TO
ESEA REAUTHORIZATION.
EVERYTHING WE’VE TALKED ABOUT IN
REGARD TO WAIVERS WOULD CHANGE
IF ESEA — I SHOULD SAY HAS A
POTENTIAL TO CHANGE IF WE MOVE
INTO ESEA REAUTHORIZATION, THE
REAUTHORIZATION THAT HAPPENS.
SO LET ME THROW QUESTION TO YOU.
WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ESEA ON
AND OFF FOR QUITE A LONG TIME.
WHERE DO YOU SEE ESEA ON THE
CONGRESSIONAL TO-DO LIST?
>> SURE.
I SEE IT AS — IT’S FAIRLY HIGH,
PROBABLY AS HIGH AS IT CAN BE.
WE HEAR THROUGH RUMBLING THAT
THE SENATE AS WELL AS THE HOUSE
ARE WORKING ON BILLS.
AND SO THE PROGRESS IS BEING
MADE AT THE STAFF LEVEL AND EVEN
AT THE MEMBERS’ LEVEL.
AND ON THE SENATE SIDE, THERE’S
BIPARTISAN TALKS.
I’M SORRY, I THINK THING WILL
CONTINUE, BUT I THINK AFTER
LOOKING AT THE OVERALL SYSTEM
AND WHAT’S HAPPENING, THE MAJOR
LEGISLATION.
A FEW WEEKS AGO THE GUN
LEGISLATION HAD FAILED.
I THINK THERE’S ALSO BEEN TIME
— TIME AND TIME AGAIN REALLY
THAT IMMIGRATION REFORM HAS COME
UP IN THE NEWS AS A BIG
PRIORITY.
AND I THINK NEXT IN LINE REALLY
IS — IT’S ESEA.
SO I DO BELIEVE FROM WHAT A LOT
OF SENATORS HAVE BEEN SAYING
ESPECIALLY SENATOR HARKIN IS THE
FACT THAT HE WANT TO DO A BILL.
I THINK HE’S DEDICATED TO DOING
IT AS WELL AS OTHER MEMBERS.
AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE AT THE
TABLE, I THINK THERE’S A
POSSIBILITY OF ACTUALLY GETTING
SOMETHING ON A MARKUP.
I’M NOT SURE IF THERE IS ROOM
AND OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOMETHING
TO THE SENATE FLOOR.
I THINK THE SAME THING ON THE
HOUSE SIDE, AS WELL.
THEY MAY BE ABLE TO GET
SOMETHING OUT OF COMMITTEE, BUT
I’M NOT SURE IF IT WILL MOVE TO
THE HOUSE FLOOR.
>> ALL RIGHT.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK IS REALLY
STANDING IN THE WAY OF CONGRESS?
ACTUALLY COMPLETING AN ESEA?
>> I THINK IT’S ALL IT WHAT IS
APPROPRIATE FOR — I THINK
THERE’S SOME PARTISAN
DIFFERENCES THIS.
BUT OVERALL, I THINK PEOPLE WANT
TO DO WHAT’S BEST FOR KIDS, AND
I THINK REPUBLICANS AND
DEMOCRATS HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS.
IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FEDERAL
ROLE.
AND SO I DO THINK WE HAVE TO
THINK ABOUT WHERE THIS BILL CAME
FROM.
THIS IS ORIGINALLY A CIVIL
RIGHTS BILL.
AND I THINK WE HAVE TO CONTINUE
TO KEEP THAT IN MIND OR I THINK
CONGRESS SHOULD CONTINUE TO KEEP
THAT IN MIND THAT THIS IS A BILL
REALLY, A CIVIL RIGHTS BILL, A
BILL FOR STUDENTS.
I THINK WE SHOULD TRY TO LEAVE
AS MUCH PARTISANSHIP AND
POLITICS ASIDE TO MOVE FORWARD
ON SOME REALLY GOOD POLICY, I
THINK, WHICH COULD BRING PEOPLE
TOGETHER.
>> WE’LL SEE.
THERE MAY BE ACTION TAKING
PLACE.
WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN GET THE ESEA
TO HIT THE FLOOR.
>> I HOPE SO.
>> AND ACTUALLY PASS.
>> I THINK ONE OF THE BIG
CHALLENGES IS IT DOES SEEM TO BE
THAT THE SENATE IS WORKING IN A
MORE BIPARTISAN FASHION.
SO THE BILL THAT COMES OUT OF
THE SENATE IS LIKELY TO LOOK
VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WILL
COME OUT OF THE HOUSE SIDE.
SEEMS TO BE MOVING FORWARD IN A
MORE PARTISAN FASHION.
WILL BE I THINK A PARTICULAR
CHALLENGE TO RECONCILE.
>> RUMOR HAS IT THAT, YOU KNOW,
WHEN THE HOUSE MOVES POTENTIALLY
THIS SUMMER ON THE BILL, I THINK
THE LANGUAGE WILL STAY PRETTY
SIMILAR TO WHAT WAS PASSED LAST
YEAR.
BUT THEY MAY NOT TAKE THAT SAME
PIECEMEAL APPROACH.
IT SHOULD BE REALLY PRETTY
SIMILAR MESSAGE.
SO WHAT ROLE DO YOU SEE,
JESSICA, DO YOU SEE THE ROLE OF
EDUCATION PLAYING IN THE ESEA
REAUTHORIZATION?
>> WELL, ONE INDICATION WAS WHEN
SECRETARY DUNCAN TESTIFIED TO
THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE
ABOUT WAIVERS.
DEFINITELY SHOWED AN INTEREST IN
WORKING WITH CONGRESS TO MOVE A
REAUTHORIZATION FORWARD.
THAT THE WAIVERS WERE SOMETHING
THAT WERE MEANT TO — ORIGINALLY
MEANT TO BE A STOPGAP UNTIL
REAUTHORIZATION.
BUT I THINK WHAT YOU CAN SEE IS
THEM PUSHING SOME OF THE KEY
INITIATIVES THAT THEY’VE BEEN
SUPPORTING THE LAST — OVER FOUR
YEARS.
I THINK DEFINITELY THERE’S BEEN
A LOT OF FOCUS ON USE OF
STRENGTHENING S.T.E.M. PROGRAM.
THERE’S BEEN AN EMPHASIS ON
INCREASING THE USE OF
TECHNOLOGY, RETHINKING THE USE
OF TIME IN SCHOOL.
WE’VE SEEN COMMON THEMES ACROSS
THE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM,
PERSONALIZATION, REALLY MAKING
SURE THAT YOU USE DATA TO
IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE.
THAT WEIGHS INTO WHAT OUR
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD
LOOK LIKE.
BUT THERE’S ALSO BEEN A REAL
SHIFT TOWARD COMPETITIVE GRANT
PROGRAMS, FUNDING.
AND SO WHAT WILL BE INTERESTING
TO NOTE IS HOW MUCH OF THE
FORMULA FUNDING THEY’LL LOOK IT
MAINTAIN.
PARTICULARLY AROUND TITLE 2 AND
HOW MUCH THEY’LL WANT TO MOVE
TOWARD COMPETITIVE GRANT
FUNDING.
>> THE INDICATION FROM THE
BUDGET REQUEST IS THAT — WITH
THE NEW VERSION OF TITLE 2 BEING
PROPOSED, YOU KNOW, THAT 25%
SORT OF SET ASIDE FOR A
COMPETITOR PROPOSAL INDICATES
THEIR DESIRE TO HAVE — TO SEE
SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE IN TITLE 2.
THEY’VE BEEN PUBLIC ABOUT THEIR
FRUSTRATION WITH THE WAY THAT
TITLE 2 IS OPERATING, THAT WE’RE
NOT SEEING THE RESULTS THAT WE
WOULD LIKE TO SEE WITH THAT
PROGRAM.
>> AND I THINK WHILE ONE OF THE
INTERNS WITH FORMULA FUNDING IS
KIND OF — IT’S SEEN AS A BIT
MORE CHALLENGING TO HOLD
RECIPIENTS ACCOUNTABLE.
ON THE OTHER HAND, THE
DEPARTMENT HAS DEFINITELY HEARD
THAT A SHIFT TO COMPETITIVE
GRANT FUNDING CAN BE IMPORTANT
IN DISTRICTS WHERE THAT’S A
WHOLE HOST OF OTHER
RESPONSIBILITIES THAT SOME
DISTRICTS DON’T HAVE THE
CAPACITY TO DO.
SO IF THERE’S A WAY TO
STRENGTHEN ACCOUNTABILITY AND
MAKE SURE THE JOBS ARE USED MORE
EFFICIENTLY, HOW THAT CAN BE
DONE BOTH OUTSIDE AND WITHIN
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAMS.
I THINK THAT WILL BE SOMETHING
THAT PEOPLE WILL BE LOOKING TO
WHEN THEY THINK ABOUT THE
LANGUAGE IN THE ESEA.
>> I THINK ONE FINAL NOTE AROUND
ESEA REAUTHORIZATION, A QUESTION
THAT COMES UP ALL THE TIME IS
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE
WAIVERS IF THE ESEA IS
REAUTHORIZED.
AND THE ESEA REAUTHORIZATION
TRUMPS THAT POLICY, WILL TRUMP
WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE
WAIVERS.
THAT SAID, IT’S PRETTY CLEAR
THAT ALTHOUGH FOR EXAMPLE, YOU
KNOW, ALTHOUGH THOSE WHO ARE
MORE CONSERVATIVE ARE LESS THAN
PLEASED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS
EXERCISED ITS WAIVER AUTHORITY
IN THIS WAY, WE ALSO WANT TO BE
FLEXIBLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE
STATE APPROACHES AND LEADERSHIP.
SO IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING
TO SEE HOW THE ESEA
REAUTHORIZATION TAKES PLACE
TRYING TO LEARN FROM AND I THINK
REALLY NOT TRY TO GET IN THE WAY
OF THE LEADERSHIP THAT CAME WITH
THE WAIVER PROCESS.
SO WE’LL SEE WHAT THEY HOLD THE
LINE ON, AND WE’LL SEE WHAT THEY
PROVIDE THE FLEXIBILITY FOR.
WITH THAT, WHY DON’T WE TURN TO
THE QUESTIONS FROM YOU ALL.
FROM OUR AUDIENCE.
WE’LL SUBMIT QUESTIONS AND A FEW
QUESTIONS HAVE COME IN LIVE.
DEFINITELY FEEL FREE TO JOIN THE
CONVERSATION LIVE BY SENDING
QUESTIONS, AND WE WILL GET
STARTED WITH THE QUESTIONS NOW.
SO LISA FROM MASSACHUSETTS ASKS
— “WHAT DOES THE NEW BUDGET AND
REAUTHORIZATION OF THE ESEA HAVE
IN STORE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE
LEARNERS?”
JESSICA?
>> SO IN THE PRESIDENT’S FY 2014
PROPOSED BUDGET, TITLE 3 OF
ESEA, THE PRIMARY FUNDING FOR
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IS
LEVEL FUNDED AT $732 MILLION.
IT’S MAINTAINED AS A FORMULA
FUND WITH A FOCUS ON
STRENGTHENING PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT AROUND WORKING WITH
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER,
INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY, AND
ALSO THE DEVELOPMENT OF
EFFECTIVE AND INNOVATIVE AND KEY
THEM PROGRAMS BY STRENGTHENING
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.
THE DEPARTMENT DOES HAVE A
REQUEST IN THERE TO USE MORE OF
IT AGAIN FOR TWEETIVE GRANT
PROGRAMS.
THEY WANT TO FOCUS ON DIAL
LANGUAGE AND TRANSITIONAL
BILINGUAL PROGRAMS.
LOOKING AT THE EVIDENCE AND
REPLICATING AND SCALING UP THE
PROCESS.
THE INTERESTING THING TO NOTE IS
THAT THE DEPARTMENT, ALTHOUGH
THEY RETURNED THEM TO
PRESEQUESTRATION LEVELS
INTRODUCED A HOST OF NEW
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAMS BUT
LEVEL FUNDED TITLE 1 AND TITLE 3
AS WELL AS IDEA.
>> VERY GOOD.
CATHY FROM WISCONSIN ASKS —
“WITH MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS
STRUGGLING WITH AGING TECHNOLOGY
INFRASTRUCTURES, LIMITED FUNDING
AND DEDICATED FUNDING STREAM,
HOW CAN WE BE ASSURED THAT
STUDENTS ACROSS THE NATION WILL
HAVE ACCESS TO THE TECHNOLOGY
AND NEED FOR DIGITAL LEARNING
AND ONLINE ASSESSMENTS?”
KATHY, I COULDN’T AGREE WITH YOU
MORE WITH THE SENTIMENT.
EXCEPT THAT IN YOUR QUESTION, IN
REALITY IS THAT I DON’T THINK WE
CAN BE ASSURED THAT STUDENTS
WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE TECH
UNTIL THEY NEED ABSENT
ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS IN
TECHNOLOGY.
WE WERE FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH
CONGRESSMAN GEORGE MILLER IN
DEVELOPING LEGISLATION CALLED
THE TRANSFORMING EDUCATION
THROUGH TECHNOLOGY ACT.
AND THE PURPOSE OF THE
LEGISLATION WAS TO ENSURE THAT
KIDS HAVE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGIES
THAT THEY NEED.
BOTH FOR THE ONLINE ASSESSMENTS
THAT ARE COMING DOWN THE PIKE,
BUT ALSO FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT
A KID IS IN FRONT OF THE SCREEN
LEARNING SHOULD NOT BE THE TIME
FOR TAKING THE TEST AT THE END
OF THE YEAR.
TO USE TECHNOLOGY AS AN
INSTRUCTIONAL TOOL AS WELL AS
MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE
TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT
THE ASSESSMENTS THAT WILL
MEASURE AGAIN COLLEGE OR
ANYTHING.
SO — AND YOUR QUESTION
SPECIFICALLY NOTED THAT THERE
WAS THE ELIMINATION OF A
DEDICATED FEDERAL FUNDING STREAM
FOR THIS PURPOSE.
I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT IN YOUR
QUESTION BECAUSE IT’S — IT’S
SPOT ON.
THERE WAS AT ITS HEIGHT OVER
$700 MILLION GOING TOWARD
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY ESPECIALLY
IN THE TEACHING PROGRAM.
BUT THAT WAS ELIMINATED.
AND SO NOW WE ARE REALLY COMING
FROM THE FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE.
AND IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF
PEOPLE MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD
TO REVIVE A FEDERAL INVESTMENT
IN EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION.
DENISE FROM NEW JERSEY ASKS,
“WHAT FUNDING IS ALLOCATED FOR
URBAN EDUCATION?
ARE THERE ANY ACCOUNTABILITY
REGULATIONS IN PLACE BEFORE THE
MONEY IS OUTDATED?”
JESSICA?
>> IN A LOT OF WAYS YOU HAVE TO
LOOK BEYOND THE DEPARTMENT OF
ED’S BUDGET.
I THINK WHAT THE PRESIDENT’S
BUDGET SHOWS IS THE IMPORTANCE
OF INTERAGENCY SUPPORT.
THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF
INITIATIVES.
THE PRIMARY ONE WHICH IS HOUSED
IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
BUDGET HAS PROM IED
NEIGHBORHOODS THAT REALLY
STARTED OUT OF THE PROMISED
NEIGHBORHOODS APPROACH THAT WAS
USED IN HARLEM, A VERY MUCH
URBAN APPROACH TO REFORM.
BUT REALLY LOOK TO ADDRESS THE
— ALL THE NONACADEMIC NEED OF
STUDENTS TO REALLY LOOK TO
PROVIDE WRAPAROUND SUPPORT
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILY
AND REALLY LOOK FROM BIRTH
THROUGH COLLEGE APPROACHES SO
REALLY FOCUS A LOT ON
INVESTMENTS IN THE FAMILY AND
STRENGTHENING INVESTMENTS EARLY
ON BUT MAKING SURE THEY MAINTAIN
THOSE INVESTMENTS.
IF YOU LOOK IN THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION’S BUDGET, YOU’LL SEE
THAT FOCUS ON WRAPAROUND SUPPORT
THROUGH A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS.
IN PARTICULAR THE PROMISED
NEIGHBORHOODS.
THEY’VE ALSO ESTABLISHED FUNDING
FOR PROMISES WHICH LOOK FAMILIAR
BUT ARE ALSO A LOT OF BROADER
BASED PARTNERSHIPS LOOKING AT
ACROSS AGENCIES WITH HOUSING AS
WELL AS BUSINESS AND
COMMUNITIES, SO REALLY LOOKING
AT COMMUNITY PROBLEMS ESPECIALLY
BUT WHAT OTHER THINGS WE NOED IS
THAT ALTHOUGH — NOTICE SUDDEN
THAT ALTHOUGH PROMISED
NEIGHBORHOODS STARTED OUT OF A
PROGRAM IN HARLEM, THE
DEPARTMENTS THOUGHT ABOUT THE
NEEDS OF OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES,
AS WELL.
THEY FACED SIMILAR CHALLENGES,
BUT THE APPROACHES MIGHT LOOK
DIFFERENT.
REALLY THINKING ABOUT NOT ONLY
HOW ARE WE TARGETING PROGRAMS
NEEDED IN, YOU KNOW, HEAVILY
POPULATED URBAN AREAS BUT ALSO
IN OUR EXTREMELY SPARSELY
POPULATED RURAL AREAS, AS WELL.
BUT REALIZING THAT A LOT OF
THESE INITIATIVES CAN’T JUST BE
HOUSED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION, THEY HAVE TO LOOK
ACROSS AGENCIES, WHETHER IT’S
LABOR, HUD, OR HHS.
THERE’S A LOT IN THERE, IT’S
JUST SPREAD OUT ACROSS PROGRAMS.
>> GOOD.
JENNIFER ASKS, “WHAT’S HAPPENING
TO THE PERK INCAREER EDUCATION
IN TERMS OF THE SEQUESTRATION
CUTS?”
JESSICA?
>> SIMILAR TO THE OTHER PROGRAMS
TO ABSORB A 5.1% IN THE
PRESIDENT’S BUDGET, IT WAS A
REQUEST FOR $1.1 BILLION FOR
PERKINS.
AGAIN, THE DEPARTMENT REALLY
LOOKING AT ALINEMENT.
SO THE PROPOSAL FOR WITHIN THE
BUDGET FOR THE $1.1 BILLION IN
PERKINS IS TO STRENGTHEN THE
ALIGNMENT WITH SECONDARY AND
POST SECONDARY AS WELL AS
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY.
AND A LOT OF THEIR PROPOSALS ARE
REFLECTED IN THE CTE
REAUTHORIZATION BLUEPRINT THAT
THEY RELEASED LAST — ACTUALLY
ALMOST A YEAR AGO THEY RELEASED
THE BLUEPRINT FOR REFORMING
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION.
AND VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY’RE
DOING, THEY WERE PROPOSING WITH
THE IF3 GRANTS TO DEVELOP SCALE
PRACTICES IN THE PERKINS WORLD.
IN TERMS OF CURRENT FUNDING, HAD
TO ABSORB THE SAME 5.1% COSTS
ACROSS THE BOARD.
>> RICHARD FROM ARIZONA ASKS,
“WHAT ARE THE REALISTIC ODDS OF
ESEA REAUTHORIZATIONS IN THE
CURRENT CONGRESS IF REPUBLICANS
HOLD THE HOUSE IN 2014 IN THE
NEXT CONGRESS, I.E. WHEN OBAMA
IS PRESIDENT?”
RICHARD FROM ARIZONA, YOU SOUND
LIKE A SKEPTIC.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT
THAT, THE ESE
THAT, THE SEA REAUTHORIZATION?
>> SURE.
THE SHORT ANSWER IS I THINK THE
CHANCES ARE LOW.
UNFORTUNATELY — FORTUNATELY I
DO THINK THAT THERE’S A
POSSIBILITY THAT BOTH THE HOUSE
AND SENATE CAN GET SOMETHING OUT
OF THE MOCKUP.
ACTUALLY GETTING A BILL TO THE
FLOOR AND HAVING THAT DEBATED ON
BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE SIDE,
I THINK IT’S SLIM THAT SOMETHING
LIKE THAT WOULD HAPPEN.
ALSO IN THE FUTURE, NO MATTER IF
THE HOUSE — IF THE DEMOCRATS
STAY IN THE MAJORITY IN THE
HOUSE OR THE SENATE OR IF THEY
SHIFT IN SOME POSSIBLE WAY, I
THINK NO MATTER WHO’S IN POWER,
I THINK THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO
BE A CHALLENGE FOR ESEA TO
HAPPEN.
I THINK THERE’S STILL NO
OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, AND
THERE’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE
BIPARTISANSHIP.
I DON’T THINK THE BILL CAN MOVE
IN A PARTISAN FASHION.
AND SO I THINK THAT’S WHAT’S
GOING TO MAKE IT ALSO DIFFICULT
TO REAUTHORIZE THIS BILL IN THE
FUTURE.
I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW IT’S
DIFFERENT BETWEEN GETTING A BILL
OUT OF MARKUP AND ALSO GETTING A
BILL TO THE FLOOR.
THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.
AND I DO THINK WE HAVE A CHANCE
TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF MARKUP.
BUT IN TERMS OF ACTUALLY
REAUTHORIZING ESEA, I THINK THE
CHANCES ARE SLIM.
WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS
FOR A WHILE.
I KNOW THIS DISCUSSION HAS BEEN
TAKING PLACE REALLY SINCE 2008.
AND HERE WE ARE IN 2013 STILL
WITHOUT A REAUTHORIZATION OF
ESEA.
>> I’LL PUT — I’LL PUT MY GLASS
HALF FULL PERSPECTIVE ON IT FOR
A MOMENT AND SAY THAT SOMEWHAT
IRONICALLY, I THINK ONE THING IN
ESEA REAUTHORIZATION SAYS MAYBE
WE CAN’T FINISH THE
REAUTHORIZATION PROCESS.
IT WAS ACTUALLY THE WAIVER
PROCESS.
CONGRESS DOESN’T LIKE IT WHEN —
WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION IN THEIR
VIEW PLAYS IN THEIR TURF.
AND YOU KNOW, WE HEARD SEVERAL
MONTHS AGO, I THINK A GENUINE
FEELING OF, WOW, WE HAVE NOT
DONE OUR JOB.
THAT’S WHY THE ADMINISTRATION IS
PICKING UP THESE WAIVERS.
THAT SAID, YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO
SAY THAT ULTIMATELY I FREEWAY
WITH FRED — DEALT NOT IN THIS
CONGRESS.
WE ARE SEEING SOME ACTION TAKING
PLACE AT THE STAFF LEVEL AND THE
SENATE AND HOUSE STARTING TO
RAMP UP.
BUT THE IDEA OF THIS ACTUALLY
COMING TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
AND THE SESSION OF CONGRESS IS,
I THINK, WELL — A LOT OF
EFFORT, A LOT OF THINGS NEED
CHANGE IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT
HAPPEN.
>> THERE’S ALSO I THINK A LOT OF
BILLS THAT ARE OVERDUE FOR
AUTHORIZATION IN THE QUEUE.
I THINK ONE THING, ONE OF THE
MANY DOWNFALLS TO HAVING TO
SPEND SO MUCH TIME WITH
CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS,
SEQUESTRATION, IS THE MAJORITY
OF CONGRESS — AND THEY HAVE
BEEN MOVING PIECES AND FOCUSING
ON THE BUDGET — AND A LOT OF —
IT’S T’S TAKEN UP A LOT OF TIME.
SO A LOT OF THE OTHER BUSINESSES
THEY SHOULD BE GETTING IN TERMS
OF REAUTHORIZATION HAS TAKEN
TAKEN A BACK SEAT TO.
THAT THERE’S DEFINITELY A LONG
QUEUE OF LEGISLATION THAT NEEDS
TO BE REAUTHORIZED FROM PERKINS
TO THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT
ACT, THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT.
I THINK THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION OR OTHER AGENCIES,
THERE’S A HUGE BACKLOG OF BILLS
FOR REAUTHORIZATION.
>> INDEED.
>> THE GLASS HALF EMPTY.
SORRY.
SORRY.
>> NO

VSHARMELLA ASKS, “GIVEN THE
HISTORY OF THE BUDGET BILLS,
SEQUESTRATION, ET CETERA, WHAT
IS THE LIKELIHOOD THAT WE WILL
SEE A FISCAL 2014 BUDGET
RESOLUTION PASSED IN A TIMELY
MANNER, AKA BY OCTOBER OR EVEN
DECEMBER, 2013?”
I HAVE TO SAY THAT I DON’T THINK
WE’LL SEE A CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET
RESOLUTION AS I ALLUDED TO
EARLIER.
THE HOUSE HASN’T EVEN YET
APOINTED CONFEREES FOR THE
BUDGET RESOLUTION.
THAT SAID, THERE’S THE BUDGET
RESOLUTION AND THE ANNUAL
APPROPRIATIONS BILLS.
AND FRANKLY FOR THE DOMESTIC
DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, THE
ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WE
HAVE TO PAY FOCUSED ATTENTION
TO, AS WELL.
AND GIVEN HOW FAR APART THE
HOUSE AND THE SENATE ARE AND
THAT THEY HAVE NOT COME TOGETHER
IN A CONFERENCE, TO PASS A
CONCURRENT BUDGET RESOLUTION
THAT IS THE SAME TOP LINE
FIGURES FOR THE HOUSE AND THE
SENATE.
IT COULD EASILY BE ANOTHER YEAR
OR WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A
CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF AFTER
THE — AFTER THE END OF THE
CALENDAR YEAR?
FOR THE FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR, IT
BEGINS OCTOBER 1.
IT’S BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE
THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL PASSED.
SO I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE
LOOKING AT A VERY LONG PROCESS
WHERE HOPEFULLY WE’LL SEE WHEN
THE ACTION STARTS EARLY SUMMER,
AND WE MIGHT SEE SOME OF THE
LESS CONTROVERSIAL BILLS PASS IN
THE NEXT BUDGET, FOR EXAMPLE,
WHEN IT COMES TO BILLS ON THE
PART OF EDUCATION.
I THINK THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE
HERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
IT COULD EASILY BE 2014 BEFORE
THAT PASSES.
JUDY FROM CALIFORNIA ASKS, “WHAT
FEDERAL RESOURCES ARE COMING
DOWN THE PIPELINE TO SUPPORT
WORK-BASED LEARNING ACTIVITIES?”
JESS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
>> GREAT.
WELL, I THINK THERE’S A COUPLE
OF DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES TO
SUPPORT IT.
I THINK PRIMARILY THE HIGH
SCHOOL REDESIGN.
THE WORK-BASED LEARNING
OPPORTUNITIES WOULD BE PART OF
ANY APPLICATION THAT YOU’RE
SUBMITTING.
AND THEY CAN TAKE SHAPE IN A
VARIETY OF FORMS.
DEFINITELY IF CONGRESS WERE TO
PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE HIGH
SCHOOL REDESIGN, WE WOULD SEE AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR WORK-BASED
LEARNING.
SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS,
THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES.
I KNOW IN A NUMBER OF RACE TO
THE TOP DISTRICT APPLICATIONS,
THOSE, AGAIN, YOU COULD APPLY BY
SUBJECT AREA.
SOME OF THE HIGH SCHOOL
PROPOSALS THAT RECEIVED FUNDING
PROVIDED WERE LEARNED
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS.
FUNDING FROM PERKINS CAN BE USED
FOR THIS.
SO THERE’S POCKETS OF
OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS.
BUT I THINK THE BIG ONE WOULD BE
IF THE HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN WERE
FUNDED, YOU COULD TARGET FUNDING
SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS.
>> YEAH.
AND I THINK ALSO IN THE HIGH
SCHOOL REDESIGN, AS YOU SAID
EARLIER, IT — THE WORK-BASED
LEARNING COMPONENT CAN AND WOULD
LOOK VERY DIFFERENT.
SO THERE’S — IT WON’T
NECESSARILY BE THE TRADITIONAL
MAYBE INTERNSHIP, BUT IT WILL —
IT CAN BE A MULTITUDE OF
DIFFERENT THINGS AND EVEN DONE
PARTIALLY, AS WELL.
WANT TO KEEP THAT IN MIND.
COULD BE A VERY DIVERSE WAY TO
GET THOSE SKILLS AND
OPPORTUNITIES.
>> SO WE’VE RECEIVED A FEW
QUESTIONS IN LIVE.
ONE I WANT TO GET TO REAL
QUICKLY.
SO NEIL ASKS, “ON JULY 1,
SUBSIDIZED UNDERGRADUATE LOAN
RATES WILL DOUBLE AGAIN.
WILL CONGRESS ADDRESS?”
HERE I HAVE TO — I HAVE TO SAY
THAT THEY WILL.
CONGRESS ACTS WHEN THERE’S A
CRISIS.
ONE WOULD ARGUE THAT THIS WOULD
BE I THINK WITHIN THAT CATEGORY
OF A CRISIS.
SO I THINK THAT THE CONGRESS
WILL ACT IN HEARINGS, THEY’LL
HAVE DIFFERENT HEARINGS ON THIS.
I THINK THAT CONGRESS WILL ACT.
WE’LL SEE HOW MUCH OF A SOLUTION
THEY PROVIDE.
HOW LONG TERM A SOLUTION.
BUT I THINK THAT MY GLASS HALF
FULL PERSPECTIVE WILL — WE’LL
SEE SOME ACTION ON THAT.
DO YOU GUYS?
>> YEAH.
>> YES.
>> I CAN ONLY AGREE.
I MEAN, IT’S ALWAYS A CRISIS
THAT SEEMS TO BRING PEOPLE
TOGETHER.
ALWAYS THE URGENCY, NOT
NECESSARILY THE LONG-TERM
APPROACH SOMETIMES.
I GENERALLY AGREE THAT THAT WILL
DEFINITELY HAPPEN.
>> AND THEY’VE BEEN FAIRLY
RESPONSIVE — RELATIVELY
RESPONSIVE IN AREAS OF HIGHER ED
AND STUDENT LOANS AND INTEREST
RATES.
>> SHARON ASKS, “HOW DO GIFTED
AND HIGH-ABILITY LEARNERS FIT
INTO THE REAUTHORIZATION?
WILL THE JAVITZ GRANT BE FUNDED?
IT WAS LAST FUNDED IN 2009.”
ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT?
>> I THINK IT MIGHT — I
WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF IT
LOOKED A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
MAYBE PART OF ANOTHER PROGRAM.
MAYBE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE
COMPETITIVE GRANT PIECE OF IT.
I DELVE THINK IT’S AN IMPORTANT
THING, AS MUCH AS WE WANT TO
ADDRESS OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE
STRUGGLING.
WE WANT TO ADDRESS NOT BORING
STUDENTS.
I THINK WHAT WE’VE SEEN FROM THE
DEPARTMENT OF — ESPECIALLY IN
THE CONTEXT OF COMPETENCY BASED
INSTRUCTION OR REALLY FOR
INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
TAILORING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF
STUDENTS OR USING TECHNOLOGY AS
RECOGNIZING THAT STUDENTS
ADVANCE AT DIFFERENT RATES.
WE WANT THE SAME END GOALS FOR
EVERY STUDENT.
BUT IT’S IMPORTANT IN ORDER TO
ENGAGE STUDENTS THAT YOU’RE
PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE
STUDENTS THAT ARE FALLING
BEHIND, BUT THAT YEAR ALSO
MOVING FORWARD TO STUDENTS THAT
ARE MEETING THE STANDARDS.
SO I WOULD IMAGINE THAT MAKING
SURE THAT WE HAVE FUNDING
TARGETED TOWARD OUR GIFTED AND
CHALLENGED STUDENTS IS SOMEHOW
PART OF THE ESEA.
>> GOOD POINT.
SO LET’S SEE.
ONE QUESTION — WHICH SENATORS
— THIS IS FROM DON.
ASKS, “WHICH SENATORS AND
REPRESENTATIVES ARE MOST
STRONGLY ALIGNED WITH THE
ALLIANCE’S AGENDA FOR CLOSING
GENERATION GAPS?”
I PROMISED I WOULD ASK THE
QUESTION.
FROM DON, WHICH ARE THE MOST
STRONG ALLIANCES FOR CLOSING
GRADUATION GAPS.
FOR EXAMPLE, STRONG
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATIONS AND ALONG WITH THIS,
ANY KEY LEGISLATION BEING PASSED
THIS CONGRESS?
FRED JONES, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
>> SURE.
THE GRADUATION PROMISE ACT IS
ONE OF OUR — THE KEY SIGNATURE
BILLS THAT WE ENDORSE AND
SUPPORT HERE.
FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS OR FEW
CONGRESSES, THEY’VE INTRODUCED
THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION ON THE
HOUSE SIDE.
FROM OUR UNDERACTIONS WITH THE
OFFICE — INTERACTIONS WITH THE
OFFICE, WE KNOW HE’S WORKING ON
THAT AND SHOULD BE INTRODUCED
FAIRLY, FAIRLY SEEN.
ON THE SENATE SIDE, SENATOR
FRANKEN HAS PUT TOGETHER A
LETTER OF SUPPORT OF DIFFERENT
HIGH SCHOOL PROVISIONS WITHIN
THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS.
SO HE HAS A NUMBER OF SIGNATURES
AND SUPPORTERS ON THE SENATE
SIDE.
HE’S BECOMING DEFINITELY A
CHAMPION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
STUDENTS.
I THINK IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE
HAVE SENATOR WHITEHOUSE WHO’S
INTRODUCED A SUCCESS IN THE
MIDDLE ACT RECENTLY.
THAT’S A BILL REALLY TO IDENTIFY
STUDENTS WHO ARE MOST — WHO ARE
MOST LIKELY TO DROP OUT.
SO HE’S INTRODUCED THAT BILL,
AND HE’S BEEN A CHAMPION FOR
MIDDLE SCHOOL REFORM.
I THINK IN ADDITION, SENATOR
PATTY MURRAY WHO WE MENTIONED
EARLIER WHO’S THE CHAIR OF THE
BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS BEEN A
STRONG ADVOCATE FOR LITERACY.
SHE’S INTRODUCED HER BILL.
SO WE HAVE A NUMBER OF FOLKS WHO
ARE DEFINITELY INTRODUCING BILLS
AND LEGISLATION ON HIGH
SCHOOL-RELATED ISSUES.
SO THESE HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE
— I’LL SAY THE MOST VOCAL AND
FORMAL ADVOCATES OUT THERE.
>> AND I THINK TO ANSWER THE
QUESTION DO WE SEE ANY OF THE
KEY LEGISLATION BEING PASSED BY
THE CONGRESS, IN THE SHORT TERM,
YOU KNOW, PERHAPS NOT.
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE
CONTINUE TO GET BILLS
INTRODUCED, PERFECT THE POLICY,
AND KEEP THE DRUM BEAT GOING
BECAUSE EVENTUALLY ESEA
LEGISLATION WILL HAPPEN.
AND CONGRESS WILL EVENTUALLY
START FUNDING UNDER REGULAR
ORDER OR FUNDING THROUGH THE
APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS.
AND WE HAVE TO KEEP THESE ISSUES
AS A TOP PRIORITY BECAUSE IF
THEY’RE NOT AND THINGS WHEN THE
SAUSAGE IS BEING MADE AND THE
LAST, FINAL HOUR, UNLESS THIS
POLICY OF PRIORITIZING HIGH
SCHOOL AND PROVIDING THE
RESOURCES THEY NEED TO UNDERGO
REFORM, UNLESS THIS IS A TOP
PRIORITY, IT’S VERY EASY FOR IT
TO GET SIDETRACKED AND FOR
SOMETHING ELSE TO TAKE ITS
PLACE.
>> YEAH.
THAT’S — THAT’S A VERY GOOD
POINT.
AND JUST TO HIGHLIGHT IT, IN
2011 THE SENATE WORKED ON THEIR
ESEA REAUTHORIZATION BILL.
AND THE LEARN ACT AT THE TIME OF
ALMOST FULLY INCORPORATED INTO
THAT BILL.
ALSO BECAUSE SENATOR MURRAY HAD
DONE A LOT OF WORK AND WORKED
WITH DIFFERENT SENATORS AND
INTRODUCED HER MAIN LITERACY
BILL.
AND IT WAS INCORPORATED INTO THE
BILL.
SO THAT’S JUST A PRIMARY EXAMPLE
OF WHY THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
THAT SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN
CONTINUE TO INTRODUCE THE
LEGISLATION AND HAVE ADVOCATES
SUPPORT THAT IN THE PROCESS.
>> I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT
ANY REAUTHORIZED BILL REFLECTS
THE DIFFERENT NEEDS OR
STRATEGIES THAT ARE EFFECTIVE AT
THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL.
THAT WHAT MIGHT WORK AT ACADA 6
OR 8 APPROACH IS VERY DIFFERENT.
THE BILL, WHILE YOU DON’T WANT
IT TO BE, YOU KNOW, TOO LENGTHY,
DOES HAVE TO BE NUANCED TO MAKE
SURE THAT IT REALLY ADDRESSES
THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF HIGH
SCHOOL.
>> COULDN’T AGREE MORE.
SO I’LL HAVE TIME — WE’RE
ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT OVER.
BUT BEAR WITH US.
ONE MORE QUESTION.
THIS FROM MONICA.
“IF THE CONGRESS DOES NOT PASS A
BUDGET, CAN INDIVIDUAL
SESSIONSOR PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE
HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN BE
AUTHORIZED THROUGH
APPROPRIATIONS?”
A VERY INTERESTING QUESTION.
SO IF CONGRESS DOES NOT PASS AN
APPROPRIATIONS BILL, TECHNICALLY
AND THAN THERE ARE THING CALLED
ANOMALIES, BUT IF WE HAVE A
CONTINUING RESOLUTION INSTEAD OF
THE INDIVIDUAL BUDGET PROCESS,
THE INDIVIDUAL APPROPRIATIONS
BILLS, WE’VE HAD THE CONTINUING
RESOLUTION, THAT CONTINUING
RESOLUTION CAN INCLUDE
“ANOMALIES,” WHICH MEANS
SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM THE
YEAR PRIOR.
THAT COULD HAPPEN?
IT IS I WOULD SAY NOT OUTSIDE
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITIES.
HOWEVER, IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF
ADVOCACY IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS
NEW PROGRAM, THE HIGH SCHOOL
REDESIGN PROGRAM, SUCH A HIGH
PRIORITY THAT IN THE MIDST OF A
CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT IT
WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE ANOMLYS.
FOR THOSE LIKE US WHO SEE THE
HIGH SCHOOL REDESIGN PROGRAM AS
A HIGH PRIORITY, AS A MAJOR

OPPORTUNITY.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR
VOICE HEARD.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE
BUDGET IS ABOUT PRIORITIES.
AND ESPECIALLY IN A SITUATION
WHERE IT’S A CONTINUING
RESOLUTION WHICH SEEMS TO ME
WE’RE HEADING IN THAT DIRECTION.
YOU KNOW, ONLY THOSE THINGS ARE
TOP, TOP, TOP PRIORITIES.
WE’LL LOOK AT A– THEY’LL GET
MADE ANOMALIES.
A GOOD QUESTION FROM MONICA AND
APPROPRIATE FOR US TO CLOSE
WITH.
THAT’S ABOUT ALL THE TIME THAT
WE HAVE.
I WANT TO THANK JESSICA AND FRED
FOR JOINING ME FOR THE WEBINAR.
GO TO WWW.ALL4ED .ORG FOR MORE
ON THE POLICY.
WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.
HOPE THIS WAS INFORMATIVE FOR
YOU.
HAVE A GREAT AFTERNOON.

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