ERIC Number: ED359671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-13
Reference Count: N/A
Improving America's Schools Act of 1993: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Amendments to Other Acts.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Established in 1965, the Elementary and Secondary Education act (ESEA) offered federal support to schools in low-income communities. Over the years, Congress amended and expanded the Act seven times. Evaluations of ESEA indicate that funds are spread thinly, instead of being targeted where the needs are greatest. The traditional add-on programs supported under ESEA are not powerful enough to help America reach the National Education Goals. The United States Department of Education recommends here that when ESEA is reauthorized it must set five clear priorities: (1) high standards for all children, with the elements of education aligned, so that everything is working together to help all students reach those standards; (2) a focus on teaching and learning; (3) flexibility to stimulate local school-based and district initiative, coupled with responsibility for student performance; (4) links among schools, parents, and communities; and (5) resources targeted to where needs are greatest and in amounts sufficient to make a difference. A detailed description of the changes proposed is presented title by title and program by program: "Helping Children in Need Meet High Standards" (Title I); "Improving Teaching and Learning" (Title II); "Expanding Opportunities for Learning" (Title III); "Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities" (Title IV); "Promoting Equity" (Title V); "Indian Education" (Title VI); "Bilingual and Immigrant Education" (Title VII); "Impact Aid" (Title VIII); and "General Provisions" (Title IX). Each program section contains "what's new,""what we've learned," and "what we propose." Also discussed are amendments to the General Education Provisions Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Act. The program sections are followed by a total of 96 notes. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Goals 2000