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ERIC Number: ED536076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Way Forward: A Progressive Vision for Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Ayers, Jeremy; Brown, Cynthia
Center for American Progress
Congress has the opportunity to move forward on education reform by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, to ensure all children achieve their greatest potential. Unfortunately, it has yet to find the will to do so, to the detriment of American students and schools. ESEA is the largest and most significant federal education law supporting public schools. ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind, was due to be reauthorized in 2007. Congress has the opportunity to fix numerous flaws in NCLB and to build on positive change due to new, innovative programs already underway in many places. Political events and calculations, however, threaten to stymie the law's renewal. This paper outlines a smart, progressive vision for moving forward with the reauthorization of ESEA. Following core principles of federal education policy, the authors propose significant policy changes on topics such as teachers and principals, funding, school improvement, and innovation. Specifically, they recommend: (1) Holding all schools accountable for getting results with all students; (2) Investing in teachers and principals so they become more skilled and effective; (3) Making funding practices more fair and efficient so every student gets a fair shot at having an effective teacher and adequate resources; (4) Targeting support to low-performing schools, including expanding learning time and providing nonacademic services that meet all student needs; and (5) Investing in innovative practices that bring American schools into the 21st century. Appended are: (1) Summary of CAP's ESEA recommendations; and (2) CAP's body of work on ESEA topics. (Contains 33 endnotes.) [This paper was written with Ulrich Boser, Raegen Miller, and Theodora Chang.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001