Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Supplement, Not Supplant Proposed Regulations Released

On August 31, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released proposed regulations on the supplement, not supplant provisions of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as recently revised by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The USED will now consider public comments until November 7 with the goal of issuing final regulations before the end of the Obama Administration.

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Inside the Beltway

What’s going on in Washington?

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced on August 18 the three principals who will serve as Principal Ambassador Fellows during the 2016–17 school year. The Principal Ambassador Fellowship (PAF) program was launched in 2013 to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large. (more…)

Advocacy Update: Tracking ESSA

Center for American Progress Event Features NASSP Member

Richard Loeschner, an NASSP member and principal of Breakthrough School Brentwood High School in Brentwood, NY, was featured last week at a Center for American Progress event on “Harnessing the Talent of DACA and Unauthorized Students at the K–12 Level.” The event focused on the patchwork of policies and practices that unauthorized students face in K–12 schools and the varying levels of support they receive from schools that might not recognize their unique challenges. Mr. Loeschner’s school has found particular success in raising the achievement of immigrant students and was featured on the event’s panel discussion. A recording of the event can now be viewed online. NASSP’s Associate Director of Advocacy David Chodak was also in attendance. (more…)

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Inside the Beltway

What is going on in Washington?

Last week was a historic week for K–12 education in Washington with President Obama signing into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that will replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). After approval by the House, ESSA was approved by the Senate in an 85-12 vote on Wednesday morning and signed by the president in a White House ceremony on Thursday morning. Our own Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti was in attendance in addition to other education stakeholders and students from schools in the Washington, D.C., area. (more…)

A Historic Day for Students, Teachers, and Principals as the Senate Votes to Replace NCLB

After years of partisan bickering and months of bipartisan negotiations, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is finally set to be reauthorized. On November 30, the House Education and the Workforce Committee released the final conference report to reauthorize ESEA. This version of ESEA will be known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) and will completely replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the ESEA flexibility waivers.

NASSP has been advocating for a new law to replace NCLB since it technically expired in 2007, and had even formed a task force years before that to draft recommendations on how to improve the law for the nation’s middle level and high school principals. After reviewing the text of the Every Student Succeeds Act, NASSP, along with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), was pleased to send a letter in support of the bill to the leaders of the House and Senate education committees. (more…)

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Take Action on ESEA

It is not too late to send a message to your senators before their Tuesday evening vote, urging them to pass the conference report to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and end the current system of waivers and punitive accountability. Thank you to the hundreds of members who have already contacted their members of Congress in support of reauthorization!

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Professional Standards for Education Leaders Released

The Council of Chief State School Officers released the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders after approval by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) last month. NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti, who serves as chair of NPBEA, was quoted in an Education Week article about the release.

The 10 standards describe what effective school leaders should be able to know and do to lead high-achieving staff, schools, and students in the 21st century. They are forward-looking and connect the school leader with student learning in a direct way. (more…)

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Apply for the Principal Ambassador Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education

Applications are now open for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2016–17 Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. The fellowship is a year-long paid position that is anticipated to commence by the end of July 2016 and culminate by July 2017. The program has two separate year-long paid positions: the Washington Fellowship, which is a full-time “principal in residence” appointment based at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Campus Fellowship, which enables principals to participate on a part-time basis, while maintaining their primary school responsibilities. See our blog post for more information about the history of the fellowship and selection criteria. (more…)

NASSP Applauds ESEA Reauthorization Framework Approval

On Thursday, November 19, House and Senate leaders participating in a joint conference committee approved a bipartisan framework to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The bipartisan bill, which will be known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, reconciles elements from H.R. 5 and S. 1177, which the House and Senate respectively passed in July. This was the first time House and Senate leaders held a conference committee on ESEA since the passage of NCLB in 2001, and it is the closest we have come to reauthorization of the law since it expired in 2007.

The conference committee was composed of a bipartisan group of legislators from the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (more…)

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ESEA Update

The leaders of the House Education and Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a joint statement on Friday, November 13th to announce that a framework had been developed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and they were recommending to Congressional leadership that conferees be named this week.

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