A Thought-provoking Comment on ESEA Reauthorization

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Both House and Senate are trying to pass bills for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 (also known by its last reauthorization, No Child Left Behind, NCLB).

The House version (and here) is known as HR 5, the “Student Success Act”; the Senate version (and here) is SB 1177, the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.”

Both are centered on the NCLB-instituted annual testing, chiefly in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in English language arts (ELA) and math. The House version promotes portability of Title I funding (i.e., money follows the student). The Senate version is the stronger of the two to limit the power of the US secretary of education. Both include language to prohibit federal promotion of Common Core, and both are generous to charter schools.

And both can still be amended. (The House version was undergoing…

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