House Passes Flawed ESEA Reauthorization Bill
The House of Representative completed action on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act,
or ESEA reauthorization on July 19, 2013. The measure passed 221-207 with no Democratic votes in support and 12 Republicans voting no on final passage. NEA opposed the deeply flawed bill because it erodes the historical federal role in public education: targeting resources to marginalized student populations as a means of helping to ensure equity of opportunity for all students. See how your Representative voted on final passage by accessing this link http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll374.xml.
You can read NEA's letters opposing the bill at this link: http://www.nea.org/home/55767.htm.
NEA also took positions on 18 amendments to the bill and scored two important wins: an amendment to require that multiple measures of school success beyond just test scores are part of the accountability system, and an amendment to strip very problematic federally-mandated teacher evaluation language included in H.R. 5, which prevents a federal mandate requiring teacher evaluations singularly based on student achievement data without protections of collective bargaining.
The bill became worse with the adoption - by voice vote - of an amendment to dilute the impact of the Title I program by creating a portable entitlement that will drain Title I dollars from schools with high concentrations of poverty. NEA strongly opposed the amendment. While there is no timetable for consideration of the Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013 (S. 1094) passed earlier this year by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,
NEA will continue to urge that any final ESEA reauthorization must strengthen the federal promise of equity.
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If you have any questions, please contact WVEA Communications and Instructional Issues Specialist Anita Maxwell at 1.800.642.8261 extension 116.
: Tell Congress
how the reauthorized ESEA must provide more flexibility, empower educators and focus on ESEA's original promise of equity and fairness for all students.
Additional Resources and Links
- Achieve.org: Achieve, Inc., is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that helps states raise academic standards, measure performance against those standards, establish clear accountability for results and strengthen public confidence in our education system.
- NEA: This site contains a plethora of information on ESEA. It includes activities in which you can participate to influence Congress to legislate changes in the current law.
- WV Office of Assessments and Accountability: This West Virginia Department of Education Website contains WESTEST information, testing calendar and assessment results.
- No Child Left Behind: This is the official U.S. Department of Education site created expressly for No Child Left Behind. This site has the federal government slant on legislation. It is specifically aimed at parents.