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1 F EDERAL E DUCATION P OLICY U PDATE Noelle Ellerson MAISA Annual Summer Conference June 2013

2 W HAT IS G OING O N ? Regulations Authorizations and Reauthorizations Budget/Appropriations Hearings/Mark Ups

3 O VERVIEW ESEA: Reauthorization & Waivers Federal Funding: Sequestration, Appropriations, Fiscal Cliff & Debt Ceiling Rural Education: REAP Education Technology: E-Rate & ATTAIN School Nutrition Other

4 ESEA: R EAUTHORIZATIONS & W AIVERS  Reauthorization: It’s a matter of willingness vs. capacity (aka politics)  Administration that dislikes both House and Senate bill  Reality: 38 states in some phase of waiver implementation  Onus is on administration and Congress to make sure reauthorization doesn’t collide with waivers  The bills are……here. And reported out of committee!

5 ESEA R EAUTHORIZATION : H OUSE B ILL  Eliminate AYP, AMO, SES, and 100% proficiency  Return control of assessments and accountability to the states  Maintains math and ELA testing requirements; adds science  Continues data disaggregation  Reauthorizes REAP  Promotes growth models and multiple measures  Includes computer adaptive assessment  Adjusts 1 and 2 percent caps  Requires 4 year adjusted cohort graduation rate and allow states to calculate 5, 6 and 7 year rates

6 ESEA R EAUTHORIZATION : S ENATE B ILL  More or less eliminates AYP, AMO, SES, and 100% proficiency  SAG (Sufficient Academic Growth), performance targets and student achievement levels  Prescriptive in intervention (who and how)  Both return control of assessments and accountability to the states  Has math, ELA and science testing requirements  Maintains data disaggregation  Reauthorizes REAP  Promotes growth models and multiple measures  Includes computer adaptive assessment  Adjusts 1 and 2 percent caps  Requires 4 year adjusted cohort graduation rate  Includes Ed Tech program  Expanded school climate requirements (SNDA)

7 ESEA R EAUTHORIZATION : T HINGS TO L OOK FOR  Standards, Accountability and Assessment  School Improvement/Turn Around  Highly Qualified Teachers  Funding Portability/School Choice  Maintenance of Effort  Comparability  Teacher Evaluation  Funding Flexibility  Class Size Reduction  Ed Tech  RttT and i3

8 ESEA: R EAUTHORIZATIONS & W AIVERS Waivers Administration issued waivers to 35 states Point of frustration on Capitol Hill Direct to District Waivers? CA consortium “trial run” idea Texas group Role of waivers in removing pressure for Congress to act

9 T ITLE I AND IDEA P ORTABILITY Heard on the Romney campaign trail, reiterated by Representative Eric Cantor Idea that these funds would follow the child to the school they attend. Apart from usual opposition to vouchers, there are other implications: Runs against original congressional intent of Title I Funds aimed at concentrations of students Technicalities of how this would work; and, what would happen when (inevitably) students come back?

10 T EACHER EVAL & ASSESSMENT WAIVERS Earlier this week, USED announced flexibility states in two specific areas: Delayed implementation for using student growth on state tests as a factor in staffing decisions Frozen accountability for states/locals implementing field tests of online assessments

11 T ITLE I 15% C ARRYOVER W AIVERS In April, the Dept released a letter to Chief State School Officers indicating the opportunity to purse waivers related to the 15% carryover of Title I funds USED will allow states to apply for a blanket waiver so they can grant LEAs flexibility to carryover more than 15% of their FY12 Title I funds, in recognition of the impact of sequestration. Specifically, it allows a waiver to be granted more than once every three years, which is the current statutory limit.

12 F UNDING Federal Appropriations FY13 started Oct 1, 2012 Finally wrapped at the end of March Level funds education progams Includes across the board cut of 0.2 percent Does NOT repeal sequestration, meaning cut to all federal K12 programs will be 5.23% Separate from sequester FY14 process has started; see later slides!

13 US M AP : F EDERAL R EVENUE IN L OCAL E DU B UDGETS

14 F UNDING : FY14 House and Senate each passed budget resolutions. Drastically different; we are likely on course for another CR House Maintains sequestration Funding levels for education are, at best, slightly worse than sequestration Significant reliance on discretionary spending cuts Senate Resolves sequestration, though there would still be cuts to discretionary spending Maintains investment in education Includes$20 million for school infrastructure

15 FY14: P RESIDENT ’ S R EQUEST Dead on arrival (or, even more so than usual!) Once again highlights education as a funding priority Once again pushes all new dollars in to competitive programs $1.2 billion in new funding goes to competition. Level funds Title I and IDEA, along with almost all other programs.

16 FY14 P RESIDENT ’ S B UDGET R EQUEST New money in: STEM School Safety i3 and RttT Charter Schools, Magnet Schools and High School redesign Promise Neighborhoods 21 st Century Questionable assumptions Resolves sequester ESEA reauthorization NO funding for education technology Impact Aid CUT $66 million

17 R URAL E DUCATION REAP Included in base bills with all of AASA’s priorities Adjust the sliding scale Locale Code Eligibility for both programs Switch poverty indicator to F/RLP Use REAP to move any federal dollars identified for rural-only competition/set aside Title I Number Weighting Concentration vs. Count

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20 E DUCATION T ECHNOLOGY E-Rate Anti-Deficiency Act Raise the cap Reform the program: discount matrix? Eligible services? Education Technology ATTAIN Act Miller Bills

21 O THER  School Nutrition  Vouchers/Charters  Epinephrine Pens  Early Education  Perkins/Career Tech  IDEA Full Funding  And more:  Seclusion/Restraint  IDEA and Due Process  Bullying  School Safety

22 C ONTACT Y OUR A DVOCACY T EAM Noelle The Leading Edge Blog: Legislative Corps: Weekly Summary Advocacy Network: Monthly Advocacy Update Legislative Trends Report Policy Insider


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