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Monday, June 27, 2016

On June 23, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing entitled, "Next Steps for K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act."  Chairman John Kline (R-MN) convened this hearing to further the  ongoing committee oversight of the implementation of ESSA, and to discuss the importance of implementing ESSA in a manner that adheres to the letter and legislative intent of the law. During his opening remarks, Chairman Kline stated:

Friday, May 20, 2016

On May 18, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "ESSA Implementation: Perspectives from Education Stakeholders." Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) convened the hearing to discuss concerns over the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) negotiated rulemaking regulatory proposal on Title I supplement, not supplant (SNS) and the unintended consequences of this regulation if it were to be implemented as currently written.  This is the third of six HELP Committee oversight hearings related to ESSA implementation.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The House Education & the Workforce Committee approved the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (HR 5003) on May 18 with a largely partisan vote of 20 - 14. One Republican (Rep. Dave Brat  (R-VA)) voted against the bill. More than two dozen amendments were considered, several pertaining to the more controversial topics of community eligibility, verification requirements, the federal role in school meal implementation, and a last-minute provision to authorize a 3-state pilot block grant program for administration of school meal programs.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The negotiated rulemaking committee selected to negotiate the terms of assessments and supplement, not supplant regulations provisions of Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) completed its final session on April 19, 2016. This week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released final draft assessment regulations that represent the consensus-based language agreed upon the negotiated rulemaking committee.  
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sixteen members of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee concluded negotiations this week, only reaching consensus on the Department’s proposed regulations governing assessments administered under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The committee was formed in February to negotiate terms of draft regulations relating to both assessments and supplement, not supplant provisions of ESSA.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act (ICNEA) H.R. 5003, was introduced on Wednesday, April 20 by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education (of the House Education and the Workforce Committee).  H.R. 5003 reauthorizes six child nutrition programs, including the school lunch & breakfast programs. The current authorization expired in September 2015.   NSBA supports H.R.

Friday, April 15, 2016

On April 12, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, “ESSA Implementation in States and School Districts: Perspectives from the U.S. Secretary of Education.” Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) convened the hearing to discuss whether Secretary John B. King, Jr. and his staff at ED are abiding by the letter of the law during the ESSA implementation process. This is the second of six HELP Committee oversight hearings related to implementation.

Friday, April 15, 2016

On March 21-23, the negotiated rulemaking committee met for a second session to negotiate the terms of Title I regulations relating to assessments and supplement, not supplant requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Following three days of negotiations, committee members reached tentative consensus on only one issue: assessment requirements relating to the use of computer adaptive tests. Upon conclusion of the meetings, the U.S.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies convened its hearing with U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King, Jr. regarding the Department's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress. The hearing yielded several discussion points pertinent to the implementation efforts underway for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as those for Career and Technical Education reauthorization, special education and vouchers.

Friday, March 25, 2016

On March 22, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce convened a hearing entitled, "Strengthening Education Research and Privacy Protections to Better Serve Students." The hearing covered the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).