Presentation on theme: "JOINT HILL BRIEFING: ESEA Kelly Pollitt, NAESP Noelle Ellerson, AASA."— Presentation transcript:
JOINT HILL BRIEFING: ESEA Kelly Pollitt, NAESP Noelle Ellerson, AASA
Overview Reauthorization Title I Formula Fairness Competitive v. Formula and Consolidation Waivers v. Regulatory Relief
Reauthorization Going on four years of reauthorizing effort, House and Senate taking very different approaches Senate: How comprehensive? How many amendments? Pointing to introduced bills? House: Piecemeal. What is the piece? What is the meal?
Reauthorization Senate Ever moving timeline…..from Easter to Memorial Day to July 4 th to…..August? September? Question of how comprehensive or bipartisan the bill will be, as well as what amendments there will be and how much agreement the amendments have. Top Level Talks
Reauthorization House Three pieces to date: H.R. 1891, Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act Full Committee Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Ordered favorably reported, as amended, to the House by a vote of 23-16 H.R. 2218, Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act Full Committee Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Ordered favorably reported, as amended, to the House by a vote of 34-5. HR 2445, State and Local Funding Flexibility Act Full Committee TODAY
Reauthorization 2011 Who’s Who of ESEA Reauthorization Administration Big Eight:Reps. Kline, Miller, Hunter, Kildee; Sens. Harkin, Enzi, Bingaman, Alexander Previous architects of NCLB House R’s Senate Chairman Harkin Education Organizations Foundations & think tanks they fund
Key Issues in Reauthorization Mandated Standardization v. Focus on Poverty Formula v. Competitive Punitive Accountability v. Incentivizing Accountability Assessment: One-Time v. Growth Overly Prescriptive v. Flexibility Charters: More v. Less Assessing Special Learners Early Childhood Education Health/Wellness/Total Child Turnaround Models/School Improvement
Title I Formula Fairness www.formulafairness.com www.formulafairness.com Led by Rural School and Community Trust Current statute uses two weighting brackets to determine an LEAs Title I allocation Unintended consequence is that some larger, less- poor schools can end up receiving more Title I dollars per-child than smaller, poorer districts
Title I Formula Fairness All Children are Equal Act provides legislative fix Turns down the volume on number weighting to ensure that Title I dollars are distributed to concentrations of poverty Bill introduced yesterday by Mr. Thompson All Children are Equal (ACE) Act Urge your representative to sign on!
Waivers v. Regulatory Relief 80% of LEAs labeled as failing for 2011-12 school year AASA/NSBA call to action for targeted, specific regulatory relief More than 1,000 signatures from all 50 states Secretary Duncan interest in quid-pro-quo approach to providing relief through conditional waivers
Waivers v. Regulatory Relief LEAs should not have to adopt policy priorities (think Race to the Top or turnaround models), especially unfunded priorities, to get relief from a broken law Regulations got is in to the mess, regulations (well, reversing them) can get us out If the policies the administration wants were popular with policy makers or practitioners, they would be more widely adopted and implemented already. Using waivers to force these priorities is not good policy
Waivers vs. Regulatory Relief Urge your Representatives and Senators to, in the absence of complete reauthorization, support targeted regulatory relief. Suggested options? Suspension of sanctions. This would freeze AMO/AYP at 2010-11 school year levels. This maintains accountability, is not a blanket waiver, and provides LEAs with the relief they need while we wait for Congress to pass a bill 4 years past-due.