ERIC Number: ED441918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Reference Count: N/A
How the Senate Can Improve ESEA. The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder.
Rees, Nina Shokraii; Garrett, Jennifer
The U.S. Senate will soon consider the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the centerpiece of the federal government's involvement in public education. The Senate should consider at least three important improvements in the ESEA. The first is to make Title I of the ESEA, the provision for aid to disadvantaged students, a child-centered program. "Portability" of Title I funds should be increased, allowing Title I dollars to be attached to poor students and used for several types of programs. A second improvement would be to allow any state to opt for the Straight A's program (Academic Achievement for All), a program that reduces federal restrictions on the use of aid funds for educational reform. A third improvement would be to eliminate duplicated programs in ESEA and to focus the law on a few key national goals. In the reauthorization of the ESEA, Congress should fight for real policy changes instead of symbolism that reinforces the status quo. An appendix outlines key additions to and differences between the House and Senate Title I bills. (SLD)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Policy Formation, Public Schools
For full text: http://www.heritage.org/library/backgrounder/bg1364.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act