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ESSA: What is it?

Education Week provides an overview of the newly reauthorized federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act.

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U.S. Education Department threatens to sanction states over test opt-outs

The Opt Out movement has been growing in Minnesota and nationally. “Opt Out” refers to parents and guardians choosing to exclude their students from standardized tests. Valerie Straus’ January 28 Answer Sheet article in the Washington Post discusses potential push-back from the federal government: “Under NCLB and now under ESSA, at least 95 percent of eligible students […]

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President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy

Education Week, Alyson Klein, December 10, 2015 UPDATED For the past quarter century, federal education policy has been moving in one direction: toward standards-based education redesign, a greater reliance on standardized tests, and bigger role for Washington when it comes to holding schools accountable for student results. President Barack Obama reversed course with the stroke […]

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Scoring the New Every Student Succeeds Act

Rick Hess, Education Week, November 30, 2015 Parents United reposts news and blogs these for their value, however, posting should not imply our agreement with the thesis. It’s crunch time for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The week before Thanksgiving, months of intense negotiations yielded a House and Senate deal on their competing […]

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The Future of School Choice

Senator Lamar Alexander Addresses School Choice upon the Release of the 2014 Education Choice and Competition Index 

School districts across America are transitioning from the traditional model of assigning students to a school based on their residential address to a system that allows families a choice of schools. Depending on the district, families can choose public charter schools, affordable private schools, magnet schools, virtual schools, and regular public schools in which enrollment is based on parental preference rather than zip code.  Districts differ in which of these options is available, the ease with which parents can exercise the choices available to them, and the degree to which the choice system results in greater access to quality schools.

In order to shine light on those distinctions, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings releases an annual Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) that chronicles how school choice is progressing in the nation’s largest school districts. The fourth iteration of the ECCI will be released on February 4, 2015 at an event featuring a keynote address from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn).

As Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee, Senator Alexander is arguably the most influential person in the country in shaping the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  His recently released discussion draft of an ESEA bill includes provisions to support charter schools, magnet schools, and school transfer for students in the lowest performing public schools.  At Brookings, he will discuss his vision for the distinctive roles of the federal government vs. states and local communities in American education and school choice.

After his keynote remarks, Senator Alexander will further discuss his perspective with Brown Center Director Grover “Russ” Whitehurst and answer questions from the audience.

 Join the conversation on Twitter with #ECCI14

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The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind

Maggie Stearms, POLITICO PRO, January 2, 2015 The Republican plan could dramatically roll back the federal role in education. Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and […]

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Proposed Federal Regulations for Teacher Preparation Programs

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, http://aacte.org/, December 2014 Time remaining to submit comments: 46 Days 12 Hours 21 Minutes 09 Seconds   Over the next several months AACTE’s leadership will conduct interviews with media and engage in strategic outreach to key press to spread the reach of the organization and its members’ stance […]

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GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing

Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 15, 2014 Senate GOP aides, who are hoping to get a bill reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act on the runway early in the new year, are getting started on legislation that looks very similar to a bill Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Senate education […]

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Legislation Would Help States Rethink Testing Systems, Pare Back Tests

Alyson Klein, Education Week’s blog Politics K-12, December 9, 2014   States that want to carefully consider the number and type of tests they offer—and maybe make some changes to their regimens—would get an assist from a federal grant program aimed at improving assessments, under a bill introduced Monday by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., a […]

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2014 Midterm Election: What It Means for PTA & Education

Matthew L. Evans, National PTA, November 13, 2014 Co-authored by Jessica Seitz With the 2014 Midterm Elections now behind us, the impact of the results and how they will affect PTA-related policy issues must be examined. With most of the election results now in (some still pending), Republicans will now control both Houses of Congress. […]

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