A Senate ESEA Update on July 09 and 13, 2015
A brief update on the Senate ESEA hearings for July 09 and 13, 2015:
On Monday, July 13, 2015, Senator Lamar Alexander stated that he wanted to finish work on the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) this week. Today’s hearing was brought to a close too soon for Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid’s liking; (I caught the end of the hearing and am stating from memory) Reid noted that Alexander’s statement about wanting to be finished with ECAA this week felt like a Republican rush and noted that there are still amendments to be considered, including Senator Elizabeth Warren’s amendment to disaggregate student test data by “each major racial and ethnic group, gender, English proficiency, and children with or without disabilities” (Senate Amendment 2120).
Archived information on the Senate hearings can be found here, including daily summaries and video archives. (Today’s video and summary are not yet available.)
There was only one call to vote on July 13, 2015– Amendment 2080, proposed by Senator Oren Hatch (R-UT), to establish a committee on student privacy. SA 2080 passed with a vote of 89-0.
There was much more activity regarding ESEA the last time the Senate met, on Thursday, July 09, 2015. That record can be found here.
Here are the voice votes/ unanimous consent from Thursday, July 09, 2015:
S.Amdt. 2079 (Sen. Fischer): To ensure local governance of education.S.Amdt. 2083 (Sen. Gardner): To enable local educational agencies to use funds under part A of title I for dual or concurrent enrollment programs at eligible schools.S.Amdt. 2087 (Sen. Feinstein): To provide for additional means of certifying children, youth, parents, and families as homeless.S.Amdt. 2092 (Sen. McCaskill): Enabling States, as a consortium, to use certain grant funds to voluntarily develop a process that allows teachers who are licensed or certified in a participating State to teach in other participating States.S.Amdt. 2096 (Sen. Kaine): To add career and technical education as a core academic subject.S.Amdt. 2103 (Sen. Manchin): To enable local educational agencies to use funds under part A of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 for programs and activities that promote volunteerism and community service.S.Amdt. 2108 (Sen. Gillibrand): To amend the program under part E of title II to ensure increased access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subject fields for underrepresented students, and for other purposes.S.Amdt. 2119 (Sen. Gardner): To include charter school representatives in the list of entities with whom a State and local educational agency shall consult in the development of plans under title I.S.Amdt. 2121 (Sen. Heller): To ensure timely and meaningful consultation between State educational agencies and Governors in the development of State plans under titles I and II and section 9302.S.Amdt. 2131 (Sen. Casey): To improve the bill relating to appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities.S.Amdt. 2138 (Sen. Klobuchar): To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 relating to improving student academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.(Note: This amendment established STEM specialty schools.)S.Amdt. 2147 (Sen. Portman): To promote recovery support services for students.
S.Amdt. 2094 (Sen. Toomey): To ensure that States have policies or procedures that prohibit aiding or abetting of sexual abuse, and for other purposes.S.Amdt. 2099 (Sen. Brown): To amend part A of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow funds provided under such part to be used for a site resource coordinator.
S.Amdt. 2132 (Sen. Scott): To expand opportunity by allowing Title I funds to follow low-income children.
Enough for now. Time to do my nails.