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A Senate ESEA Update on July 09 and 13, 2015

July 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.
Also, there were two roll call votes on July 09, 2015, both 98-0:
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. 
Note that the (dreadful) Title I funding portability amendment made it to the floor on July 09, 2015, but received no action on July 13, 2015:
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.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, newly published on June 12, 2015.

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  1. Reblogged this on stopcommoncorenys.

  2. 2old2tch permalink

    Someone should tell Elizabeth Warren to research NAEP. I cannot understand why seemingly reasonable people can be unaware of the available data. I realize that education policy is not her area of expertise, particularly when the conversation is about K-12. If she is going to take a stance, then she needs to educate herself.

    • Christine Langhoff permalink

      I don’t understand this blind spot either. She knows that hedge funders are up to no good generally; the fact that they are up to their eyeballs in “reform” ought to set off her radar, but it doesn’t.

  3. patriciahale permalink

    We’ve been disaggregating data for 14 yrs. Testing does not close the achievement gap.

    • Jill Reifschneider permalink

      Agreed. The missing link in Senator Warren’s stance (understanding?) confounds me. Meanwhile, thank you so much Mercedes for keeping us all up to date.

  4. I am sick of the non-professional educators promoting or dictating scams like STEM, testing and charter schools. The sainted Elizabeth Warren has more than a blind spot here. It looks more like a corrupt spot.

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