Webinar | September 2015

Update on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Mikko Lindberg

Since April 2015, Congress has been working diligently on rewriting the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). On July 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with a very close 218-213 vote, the Student Success Act, introduced by Representative John Kline of Minnesota. Shortly thereafter, on July 16, the U.S. Senate passed a bi-partisan compromise forged by Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Senator Patty Murray of Washington, named the Every Child Achieves Act. The House and Senate versions of the ESEA rewrite have much in common, but diverge on a few critical issues, such as school choice, accountability, and national student test opt-outs. By the end of July, the conference process to create the House and Senate compromise was underway, but much of the work remained on the table. Finding a middle ground for both chambers, and one that ultimately will receive a presidential signature, could prove challenging. This webinar provided a briefing on the history of ESEA, details on the transformation of federal education policy by NCLB, an update on the key ESEA differences being debated, and insights into what longstanding implications the new federal education policies will have for state governments.

Presenters

Christopher T. Cross, Partner, Cross & Joftus, LLC; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Education Commission of the States
Patrick McGuinn, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Drew University; Senior Research Specialist, Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Nick Jacobs, Budget and Policy Analyst, Federal Funds Information for States

PowerPoint Slides

Christopher T. Cross, Partner, Cross & Joftus, LLC; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Education Commission of the States
Patrick McGuinn, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Drew University; Senior Research Specialist, Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Nick Jacobs, Budget and Policy Analyst, Federal Funds Information for States

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