ED Publishes a Report on the Progress of EL Programs

 

A May 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) concludes that, despite challenges, states, school districts, and schools are making progress in identifying and addressing the educational needs and tracking the academic achievement of English learner (EL) students. Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), [More]

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CGCS Hosts its 2012 Annual Legislative and Policy Conference

 

From March 17 through March 20, 2012, the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) hosted its Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. The agenda included updates on the Department of Education (ED) budget and appropriations, the U.S. Census and Title I funding, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) reauthorization, the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization, and the American Jobs Act. Nearly 200 individuals attended the conference.

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More States Apply for NCLB Waivers While Congress Continues Rewrite Efforts

 

In a February 29, 2012 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that 26 additional states and the District of Columbia have submitted requests for waivers from burdensome mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). [More]

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The Obama Administration Proposes to Expand Competitive Grant Programs

 

In a February 13, 2012 press release, the President Obama Administration outlined the $3.8 trillion 2013 Education budget proposal it sent to Congress on that date. Among other things, the Administration is requesting $69.8 billion in funding for competitive grant programs, $1.7 billion more than Congress awarded for 2012, while proposing no increase in 2012 funding levels for key formula grant programs [More]

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Ten States Will Receive NCLB Flexibility

 

In a February 9, 2012 press release, the President Obama Administration announced that ten states will receive flexibility (waivers) from various mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), including the mandate that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014 based on annual test scores. States and schools that fail to meet NCLB’s mandates are subject to penalties [More]

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A New Report Offers Guidance to Improve Accountability for English-Language Learners

 

On February 6, 2012 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a draft report, based on a study by the American Institute for Research, that is intended to help state education officials establish new English language proficiency (ELP) and academic achievement standards for students whose primary language is other than English, called English-language learners (ELL). [More]

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ED Identifies a Lack of School Accountability in NCLB Waiver Applications

 

In November 2011, eleven states applied for waivers of various provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in response to a NCLB flexibility program offered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in September. A January 31, 2012 article by the Associated Press reports that in December ED advised nearly all waiver applicants that their respective [More]

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NCLB Rewrite Continues to Stall in Congress While the ED Waiver Program Moves Forward

 

January 8, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of former President George W. Bush’s signing of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and many political observers are skeptical that its reauthorization, more than four years overdue, will occur before the end of this final year of the 112th Congress. Although most policy makers agree that the well-intentioned NCLB is seriously flawed and needs to be “fixed” immediately, wide policy divides between the [More]

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The First NCLB Waiver Requests Are Submitted to ED

 

In a November 15, 2011 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that 11 states have requested waivers from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) (aka the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). The requests were submitted seven weeks after President Obama offered states more flexibility under NCLB in exchange for the states’ commitments to implement [More]

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The Senate's Proposed Overhaul of NCLB Sparks Controversy over Accountability

 

In an October 17, 2011 press release, U.S. Senate Democrat and Republican leaders announced their agreement to move forward with comprehensive bipartisan legislation to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The proposed legislation would eliminate measuring accountability [More]

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