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ERIC Number: EJ882680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-31
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Tests Loom for ESEA in Congress
Klein, Alyson
Education Week, v29 n27 p1, 22-23 Mar 2010
As policymakers and education advocates await details on how the Obama administration plans to move forward with its recently unveiled blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the chances of an ESEA renewal this year remain tough to gauge. Although the principles underlying the blueprint have drawn praise in many quarters, influential members of Congress have qualms about specific points--and the plan faces outright opposition from both national teachers' unions: the 3.2 million-member National Education Association and the 1.4 million-member American Federation of Teachers. Now the process of turning that 41-page blueprint into legislation is in the hands of education leaders on Capitol Hill. The blueprint aims to retain the NCLB's emphasis on assessments and accountability, while encouraging tougher academic standards and giving states and districts more leeway in targeting interventions to the schools that are struggling the most. It would include financial rewards and new funding flexibility for high-achieving districts and states. Key members of Congress gave the draft a generally favorable review, while pressing for specifics on issues such as teacher quality and rural schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001