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1 Federal Education Policy & Funding July 2014 Amanda Karhuse & Jacki Ball

2 Goals  Provide an overview of current federal education policy issues  Share NASSP’s legislative agenda  Provide summary & status update on the budget & appropriations process  Provide additional advocacy resources

3 Agenda  Update on Federal Education Policy  ESEA Reauthorization & ESEA Flexibility Waivers  NASSP Legislative Agenda  Federal Budget & Education Funding  Budget Process & Current Fiscal Constraints  Investments in NASSP Supported Programs  Additional Advocacy Resources

4 Key Terms  Authorization  Creates a specific program through federal law. An authorization bill acts as a prerequisite for an appropriation or other kinds of budget authority.  Appropriations  Provides the actual amount of federal dollars to a specific program. Congress needs to pass appropriations bills each year for the operations and programs run by the federal government

5 ESEA Reauthorization  ESEA (a.k.a. NCLB) was due for reauthorization in 2007  Bipartisanship has already failed: four competing proposals in 2013!  Senate committee markup (June ‘13) and House floor vote (July ‘13)  Administration support for waivers

6 ESEA Reauthorization Big Picture Issues  Federal role in education  Flexibility for states & districts  College and career ready standards and aligned assessments  Low-income and minority students, students with disabilities & English Language Learners

7 ESEA Reauthorization House Bill (H.R. 5)  Eliminates AYP, 100% proficiency requirements & turnaround models  Locks in sequester cuts for Title I  Minimizes the role of the principal  No funding for literacy, ed tech, or secondary schools

8 ESEA Reauthorization Senate Bill (S. 1094)  Continues reforms in waiver states, including overreliance on testing  Expands support for school leaders  Incorporates key bills on literacy, ed tech, and ML and HS reform  Maintains school turnaround models

9 NASSP Legislative Agenda

10 NASSP Supports: School Principal Recruitment & Training Act (H.R.1738/S. 840) Great Teaching & Leading for Great Schools Act (H.R. 4269) LEARN Act (H.R. 2706/S. 758)

11 NASSP Legislative Agenda Transforming/Enhancing Education Through Tech. Act (H.R. 521/S. 1087) Success in the Middle Act (H.R. 2316/ S. 708) Graduation Promise Act (S. 940) CAP and GOWN Act (no bill #)

12 NASSP Legislative Agenda NASSP Opposes: ×Great Teachers and Principals Act (H.R. 2196/S. 1052) ×CHOICE Act (H.R. 4773/S. 1909) ×Scholarship for Kids Act (H.R. 4000/S. 1968)

13 School Principal Recruitment and Training Act (H.R. 1758/S. 840)  Focus on instructional leadership  One-year pre-service residency for aspiring principals  Ongoing mentoring & support for two additional years  Leaders commit to work in high- need schools for at least four years

14 Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act (H.R. 2706/S. 758)  $2.5 B for state literacy plans developed under Striving Readers  Early childhood, grades K-5, and ML and HS  Literacy across content area  Targeted interventions for students

15 Transforming Education through Technology Act (H.R. 521/S. 1087)  $500 M for State Grants for Technology Readiness & Access  Use of ed tech to ensure college and career-readiness  “Digital Age” PD opportunities for school leaders and teachers


17 Early Identification of Dropouts -Robert Balfanz and Liza Herzog, Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University The Primary Off-Track Indicators for Potential Dropouts: A ttendance - <80-90% school attendance B ehavior - “unsatisfactory” behavior mark in at least one class C ourse Performance – A final grade of “F” in Math or English Sixth-grade students with one or more of the indicators have only a 10% to 20% chance of graduating from high school on time or within one year of expected graduation

18 Success in the Middle Act (H.R. 2316/S. 708)  $1 billion for Middle Grades Improvement Fund  State plans for improving achievement in grades 5-8  Early warning indicator and intervention systems  Strategies aligned w/Breaking Ranks

19 Graduation Promise Act (S. 940)  $2.4 B for HS Improvement and Dropout Reduction Fund  Resources for schools w/low graduation rates (below 60%)  Differentiated school improvement & evidence-based interventions  Strategies aligned w/Breaking Ranks

20 CAP and GOWN Act (H.R. _)  Reserves 40% of SIG funds for secondary schools  Establishes early warning & identification system in high schools, and reforms in feeder middle schools  Authorizes $300 million for HS redesign initiative

21 ESEA Waivers Status of Implementation  43 states granted waivers  2 requests still under review (IA & WY)  4 states have chosen not to apply (MT, NE, ND, & VT)  WA is first state to lose its waiver

22 ESEA Waivers “Waiver Waivers” 1) Flexibility in timeline for using results of CCSS assessments in teacher & principal evaluations and personnel decisions  4 states granted waivers (MS, NC, NV & SC)  8 states under review (AR, KS, KY, MD, SD, UT & WA)

23 ESEA Waivers “Waiver Waivers” 2) Flexibility in field testing new CCSS assessments to avoid double testing students  14 states granted waivers (CA, CT, ID, IL, IA, MD, MA, MS, MT, NE, OR, SD, VT & WA)  1 state still under review (KS)

24 The Federal Budget, Appropriations & Investments in Education

25 Sequestration & FY14 Appropriations  Sequestration began in March 2013  Education funding for 2013-2014 school year was cut by 5.23% ($3.1 billion)  FY14 appropriations bill was passed in January 2014; partially restored sequester cuts to some ed programs  Sequestration will resume after FY16 without action by Congress!

26 FY15 Budget & Appropriations  Ryan/Murray Bipartisan Budget Act  Established caps for defense and non- defense discretionary (NDD) spending for FY14 – FY 16.  President Obama submitted his FY15 Budget Request in early March  Requested $68.6 B for the Department of Education, a $1.3B increase over FY14 levels (+ 1.9%)

27 FY15 Budget & Appropriations  House & Senate Appropriations  Congress should draft & approve 12 appropriations bills by September 30 th  Congress will most likely pass a Continuing Resolution (CR)  Expectation is that the CR will last through at least January.

28 Key Federal Investments for NASSP  Title I & II  IDEA State Grants  Career & Technical Education State Grants  School Leadership program

29 Key Federal Investments for NASSP  Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program  Education Technology & Professional Development for Digital Learning  Enhancing Education Through Technology program  Proposed “ConnectEDucators” program  High School Graduation Initiative

30 Federal Investments in NASSP Supported Programs ProgramFY 2012FY 2013 w/ sequester FY 2014President’s FY15 Request Title I$14.5 B$13.8 B$14.4 B Title II, Part A (Teacher Quality State Grants) $2.5 B$2.3 B $2 B IDEA$11.6 B$11.0 B$11.5 B$11.6 B CTE State Grants$1.12 B$1.06 B$1.11 B School Leadership$29.1 M$27.6 M$25.8 M$35 M Striving Readers$159.7 M$151.3 M$158 M$0 EETT (Title II, Part D) $0 $200 M for ConnectEDucators HS Grad Initiative$48.8 M$46.3 M$46.3$0

31 Additional Preparation & Resources for your Hill Day  Review documents on POY Materials page:  ESEA Issue Sheet  Federal Investments in Education Fact Sheet  Legislative Agenda (Bills NASSP supports & opposes)  Advocacy Briefing & meeting prep on Monday, September 8.

32 Advocacy Resources POY Materials page Check out all of NASSP’s advocacy resources at Principal’s Policy Blog

33 Advocacy Resources Principal’s Legislative Action Center Twitter @NASSP, @akarhuse, @balljacki

34 Advocacy Resources Join the Federal Grassroots Network, if not already a member! o Receive Weekly Advocacy Update o Commit to regularly communicating with your Members of Congress and staff (including state & district offices) o To join, visit the “Get Involved” page in Legislative AdvocacyGet Involved Legislative Advocacy

35 Contact Us Amanda Karhuse Director of Advocacy Phone: 703-860-7241 Email: Twitter: @akarhuse Jacki Ball Associate Director of Advocacy Phone: 703-860-7338 Email: Twitter: @balljacki

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