Hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are scheduled to begin this week in the U.S. House of Representative's Education and Labor Committee. Democratic and Republican leaders of the Committee agree that ESEA (currently called the No Child Left Behind Act) is in need of a major overhaul. Charter schools will be addressed during the first hearing, scheduled for February 24. Other issues likely to be addressed during the lengthy hearing process are accountability and common academic standards. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has made it clear that the reauthorization priorities for the Obama administration include aggressive action to turn around the nation's lowest performing schools, growing the number of successful charter schools and tying teacher evaluations to student performance.