Education Week on Friday gave us a peek into what compromises were made on the ESEA reauthorization between House and Senate education leaders prior to a conference committee meets to hammer out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The fact compromises are being made BEFORE the conference committee meets signals that leadership has put their stamp of approval on a crap sandwich.
Some of the details as reported by Education Week:
- States will still have to test 3-8th graders in reading and math, but they can determine how much those tests will count for accountability purposes.
- The bill allows states to take up their own opt-out laws, but the bill maintains the 95% participation requirement. States and school districts can decide how to address schools that fail to meet the participation requirement.
- It includes block granting of physical education, mathematics and science partnerships, and Advanced Placement.
- 21st Century Schools funding survives, and “Investing in Innovation” funding made the cut.
- Early childhood education funding is included and will be jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education.
- There is no Title 1 portability – federal funds won’t be able to follow students to school of their choice. This is good news in that the strings attached for private schools would likely be remarkable. There is also concern about how Federal regulations would be foisted onto private schools as well.
So they removed the opt-out amendment that had passed in the House. They keep the 95% rule. They are expanding early childhood education which could mean Common Core foisted onto pre-school students at least in some states.
This bill gives lip service to states rights and parental control and should be canned.