On Thursday, April 16, 2015 the U.S. Senate HELP Committee voted out of Committee the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The committee debated the bill for 3 days. Eighty-seven amendments were filed, over 50 were considered, and others were withdrawn or never offered in the spirit of bipartisanship.
CEC’s Advocacy made a difference as many provisions in the base bill were introduced, restored or rejected in the final bill including:
- restoring the Jacob Javits Act
- eliminating AYP
- maintaining disaggregation of subgroup data
- adding early intervening services in General Ed, UDL, PBIS
- maintaining the 1% cap on alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards
- prohibiting modified standards and assessments
- supporting early childhood programs
- maintaining MOE
- prohibiting Title I portability provisions
- allowing but not requiring new teacher evaluation systems
CEC will continue to advocate for accountability for students with disabilities and support for professional development as the bill moves forward. The bill is now headed to the full floor of the Senate but, the Senate calendar is filled already with other competing issues. When the bill comes to the floor it will most likely be a partisan debate as it is expected that many amendments will be introduced on the floor. Stay tuned.