Tag: ESEA

Obama Calls ESEA Reauthorization a Christmas Miracle

This morning, President Obama signed the new iteration of the 50-year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Before signing the bill the President concluded his statement by saying, “A Christmas miracle! A bipartisan bill signing, right here!” The overall consensus regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reflects President Obama's exclamations. From the American Library Association (ALA) to...

ESEA Reauthorization Does More for ELLs

The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has officially been released, an earlier draft of which was criticized for not providing critical protections for minority students and English-language learners (ELLs). The new proposal is called the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA) and, if it passes both chambers of Congress in the next couple weeks, is expected to be...

Senate Bill Includes Native Language Amendments

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii) introduced two amendments aimed at promoting Native language education and improving school facilities, which  were adopted by the Senate as part of the Every Child Achieves Act in an 81 to 17 vote last week. One of the amendments authorizes a study of native language immersion schools, which Schatz said would provide critical data...

Senate’s ESEA Bill Fails English Learners

The U.S. Senate has passed a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), replacing No Child Left Behind with a new iteration of federal education policy called the Every Child Achieves Act. The Senate had not approved of an overhaul of public education since No Child Left Behind was passed in 2001. With bipartisan support, the Every...

ESEA Reauthorization Likely to Stall

The House of Representatives passed with a 221-207 vote the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind. No Democrats voted in favor of the Student Success Act, H.R. 5.The bill would do away with over 70 programs and lock in school funding at sequestration levels. Proponents champion the bill for keeping...

Lawyers Call for ESEA Equality

Yesterday,  the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a formal letter to US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) calling for additional improvements and amended language to the proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  “We firmly believe education is a civil right –...