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ERIC Number: EJ1096134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
New Legislation on Capitol Hill
Wertman, John
Geography Teacher, v13 n1 p9-12 2016
In this brief article, John Wertman describes the evolution of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the role the American Association of Geographers (AAG) played over the last decade in getting it passed, and the impact the Act has on funding for K-12 geography education. The legislation, while not perfect, includes promising new opportunities for geography educators: (1) Title II of the law includes the history/civics/geography grant program, which was authorized as part of a larger series of grant programs that includes teacher incentive grants and literacy education funding; (2) Title IV specifies that states may use certain funds to support local education agencies (LEAs) in "well-rounded education" activities. Geography is one of the subjects specified as being part of a well-rounded education for purposes of these expenditures; and (3) Geography was again included as a "core academic subject" under the law and was included as part of a new legal definition of a "well-rounded education."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title II; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title IV; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A