Yesterday began the long awaited action as ESEA heads to the Senate floor to be reauthorized. The debate started on the Every Child Act of 2015 (S.1177) with opening remarks from the bill’s co-authors, Senators Lamar Alexandria (R-TN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). Coming to the floor with a unanimous bi-partisan vote from the HELP Committee, the bill brings significant momentum toward achieving passage. Having said that, it is important to note that many amendments have been filed to date with more to come over the week related to accountability, bullying, early childhood education, Title I portability, and vouchers.
Much to the surprise of the education community the House announced it too, would be taking its bill, the Student Success Act (H.R.5), to reauthorize ESEA to the floor. It is rumored that amendments from conservative Republicans may be introduced including provisions related to waving federal requirements for the use of federal funds, school choice, and anti-common core. A testing opt-out amendment may be offered and would likely be the only one to receive bi-partisan support. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, will be rallying Democrats to oppose H.R.5 and promote his substitute bill.
Tune in to C-Span to watch all the Senate and House action!
Read CEC’s ESEA Reauthorization Recommendations here.
Read the Statement of Administration Policy from the Obama Administration here.