Every Student Succeeds Act News:
- House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced the Republican membership for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee. The membership will remain mostly the same, with the addition of Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and John Moolenaar (R-MI). Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) will remain chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
- Allan B. Hubbard is a frontrunner for deputy secretary at the Education Department. Hubbard is a board member of the Lumina Foundation and is co-founder of E&A Industries Inc., a private equity firm. (Education Week)
- The California state board approved the final elements of the state’s emerging accountability system and is expected to unveil its “California School Dashboard” in late February or March.
Every Student Succeeds Act News:
- Following the U.S. Department of Education’s recent release of the final rule on ESSA accountability, report cards, and state planning, states continue to reconsider their timelines for submitting consolidated plans. Education leaders in Louisiana have revised the state’s ESSA state plan development timeline with submission to take place by April 3, 2017.
- Arizona has submitted its ESSA Draft Plan which can be found here. The state set a long-term goal of 90 percent for a 4-year graduation rate by 2030, but a number of its goals are listed as “TBD”.
- The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education on Tuesday, January 17 at 5pm ET (430 Dirksen Senate). The live stream of the nomination hearing can be viewed here.
- The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, January 18 at 10am ET (430 Dirksen Senate). The live stream of the nomination hearing can be viewed here.
- H.Res.35 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to automated external defibrillator (AED) training in the Nation's schools. Sponsor: Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]
- H.R.203 Summer Meals Act of 2017 Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]
- H.R.186 United States Virgin Islands College Access Act of 2017 Sponsor: Rep. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large]
- H.R.167 Teacher Victims' Family Assistance Act of 2017 Sponsor: Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
- H.R.160 Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act of 2017 Sponsor: Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
- H.R.126 Students Voicing Opinions in Today's Elections (VOTE) Act Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]
- H.R.56 America RISING Act of 2017 Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
- Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Department of Education published a blog post today about the new HHS/Ed report reviewing all federal early learning programs serving children less than six years of age. The full report can be viewed here.
- The National College Access Network released a report titled “Half the FAFSA: Cutting the Red Tape to Postsecondary Student Aid”.·The Economic Policy Institute released a paper titled “Five Key Trends in U.S. Student Performance: Progress by blacks and Hispanics, the takeoff of Asians, the stall of non-English speakers, the persistence of socioeconomic gaps, and the damaging effect of highly segregated schools.”·WestEd published a guide titled “Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA” that provides an initial set of tools to help states and school districts understand and plan for implementing evidence-based improvement strategies.
- Tuesday, January 17 (3:30-4:30pm ET) P21 is hosting a webinar titled “2016-17 Exemplar Districts Patterns of Innovation.” Join leaders from the four 2016-2017 P21 Exemplar Districts as they discuss strategies for enhancing student agency, and effective ways to engage the community. Panelists include: Phil Davis, Downey Unified School District, California; Paula Dillon, Barrington Public Schools, Rhode Island; Barbara Phillips, Windsor Central School District, New York; and Glen Warren, Encinitas Unified School District, California with David Ross, P21 CEO serving as moderator. Register to attend here.
- Wednesday, January 18 (12:30-2:45PM) - The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Hoover Institution are hosting “A New Federal Push on Private School Choice?” featuring Representative Luke Messer, one of Congress's leading advocates for parental choice, and a panel of policy experts discuss the road ahead. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of three distinct approaches to promoting choice: a new competitive grant program; allowing Title I and/or IDEA funds to follow children to their schools of choice, including private schools; and adapting the tax code to stimulate additional support for state-created private-school scholarship programs. Panelists include: Joanne Weiss, Weiss Associates; Andy Smarick, American Enterprise Institute; Virginia Gentles, American Federation for Children; and McKenzie Snow, Foundation for Excellence in Education with Michael Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute serving as moderator. Location: Hoover Institution, 1399 New York Avenue, Suite 500, Washington, DC 606 16th Street, NW, 7th Floor. Register here to attend.
- Thursday, January 19 (2-4pm ET) Agenda for Public Education: Public Education Agenda for America's Success. The National School Boards Association and leading thinkers about education will present a vision of public education and what needs to be done to ensure every child in our public schools gets the best education possible. Panelists include: Gerard Robinson, AEI; Andy Smarick, AEI; Mike Hanson, Brookings; Scott Sargrad, Center for American Progress; Mike Petrilli, Fordham Foundation; and Tom Gentzel, NSBA. Location: Hotel George & Bistro Bis - E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. To attend contact: firstname.lastname@example.org