On Tuesday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017. Introduced by Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.
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For months, state education leaders have focused on developing and drafting state plans, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which outlines and explains how each state will implement ESSA and meet the requirements of the new education law. On Monday, April 3rd, the first of two previously announced state plan submission dates, states had their first opportunity to submit their state plan to the U.S. Department of Education for review and approval.
NSBA forwarded correspondence to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders this week regarding priorities for education investments for the remainder of this fiscal year and for FY2018. The current federal funding statute, Public Law 114-254, is effective until April 28, 2017. When Congress returns from its state/district work period on April 25, the priority will be the passage of an updated appropriations measure for the remainder of FY2017.
NSBA and several other organizations are urging House and Senate Appropriations Committees to preserve federal investments in programs for expanded learning opportunities for our students through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). In early March, the Administration proposed the elimination of 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Currently funded at approximately $1.16 billion, the program supports local and state efforts to implement in-school and out-of-school strategies for providing students with the additional learning time, support and enrichment activities needed to
This week, the President signed H.J.Res. 57 and H.J.Res. 58, repealing two regulatory packages finalized in the last months of the Obama Administration.
With the first deadline for submission of state plans quickly approaching, the U.S. Department of Education is taking steps to inform states on how state plans will be reviewed by the Department through the peer review process. This week, the Department released the State Plan Peer Review Criteria for Title I, Part A, Title III, Part A, and the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program under the McKinney Vento-Act, which will be utilized by peer reviewers selected by the Department.
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, NSBA joined 10 national education organizations in a letter to urge the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to encourage consultation with local stakeholders, including local school board members, during the development of consolidated state plans. CCSSO was at the center of the process to determine components that should be included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans.
On Wednesday afternoon, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act scheduled for Thursday evening. President Trump met with members of the Freedom Caucus at the White House, but they could not agree on provisions included in the bill or how Republicans should repeal and replace sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare.
NSBA has partnered with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) to bring you a series of webinars to enhance your advocacy efforts. CMF's latest offering, "Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making," will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 1:00pm EST.
On Monday, March 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education submitted to OMB a draft Template for states to use when submitting their consolidated ESSA state plans. Unlike the Every Student Succeeds Act, which strongly emphasizes meaningful consultation and stakeholder engagement by federal, state and local education agencies, the new Template eliminates almost all references to it. In a webinar for states, the Department further indicated that if state plans include sections not related to Template requirements, the peer review process will not consider them.