Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Federal Legislative Report 114-5

REAUTHORIZATION OF THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT MOVES FORWARD
House
 
The House passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, yesterday (July 8) evening by a vote of 218 to 213. Key provisions of the bill focus specifically on ensuring that the U.S. Department of Education does not encroach on local school board governance. It also provides states and local districts with the flexibility they need to create and implement innovative approaches to improve academic performance. Additionally, it eliminates sanctions and the punitive nature of Adequate Yearly Progress.

Some negative aspects of the bill include allowing portability of Title I funds, which could impact resources between Title I and non-Title I schools including factors such as remediation and tutoring, staffing for effective teachers and specialists, and after-school programming. The legislation also authorizes level funding for Title I for each of the fiscal years 2016-2021, as a result of sequestration.

Click here to read the full Federal Legislative Report 114-5.