Federal Legislative Update

As reported a few weeks ago, The Senate Education Panel unanimously approved a re-write of the ESEA, to be known as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Some of the highlights of the bill are that is eliminates AYP (annual yearly progress) requirements as well as federal requirements that teacher evaluations be tied to test scores and that it specifically limits the role of the Secretary of Education in dictating local education policy, It does, however, maintain the mandate for annual testing in grades 3-8.

For a much more detailed (and I mean MUCH more detailed) summary, please this post (and the links included) on Mercedes Schneider’s Blog.

There are flaws in this bill, but it is a vast improvement over NCLB and Race to the Top, Help support it by sending a letter to your Senator and Representative using this form.

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