Last week, the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act, a rewrite of ESEA (or NCLB as most educators know it). With 81 in favor and only 17 against, the bill represents the first serious effort to reframe our education system in over a decade.This article, on Education Week, gives a nice overview of the bill and its amendments.
Now, the Senate and House must meet, compare, and decide what the final bill should look like before another Congressional vote and, if all goes well, a trip to the President’s desk.
As the Senate debates the Every Child Achieves Act, the House is continuing its push for an ESEA rewrite with the Student Success Act.
Education Week shares the details of the bill and amendments that passed (218-213). To read the official bill summary, check out the Education and Workforce Committees majority outline here. See the minority (dissenting) opinion here.
Teacher Voice Survey Results
My report on how educators and policy experts can work together to bridge the gap between their two very different but interrelated worlds. Inside, you’ll find:
- Results from two surveys (one for educators, one for policy experts) that explore how they currently communicate, how often this communication occurs, and how they’d like to hear from one another in the future.
- Two case studies exploring how states and organizations that represent educators have successfully worked together to inform policy decisions.
- A spreadsheet of organizations that represent teachers, principals, and district leaders and their methods for engaging in policy discussions.
If this report relates to your work, please feel free to share it! This blog is dedicated to engaging teachers and policy experts in discussion. If you have thoughts, feedback, or questions please leave a comment for myself and others to respond to.
New Organizations, New Voices
This report, from the Center for American Progress (CAP), gives a great overview of the teacher voice organizations currently out there and how they operate. It was very helpful in my own research, and is a great resource for teachers interested in getting more involved in the ed policy world.