Tag Archives: Education Reform

An Unfortunate Commentary on Charter Schools

As the editorial boards of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have ably pointed out, the anti-charter resolution adopted this past weekend by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People represents an unfortunate commentary for inner city communities longing for better schools.  Why put up the roadblocks?  Why stifle … Continue Reading

House Committee Approves H.R. 5, Student Success Act

Earlier today (February 11), the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved by a vote of 21-16 the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), a bill reauthorizing parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  Familiar themes throughout the committee substitute are parental choice, the return of authority over school performance systems to … Continue Reading

House and Senate Hearings Set For Next Week on Schools, Workplace, and NCLB Waivers

Next week the House Education and Workforce Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold hearings on February 5 (Tuesday) and 7 (Thursday) respectively.  Ed and Workforce meets at 10:00 a.m. on the fifth in Room 2175 to consider training and workforce issues, federal actions that impede job growth, K-12 education reform … Continue Reading

Committee Mark-up Scheduled for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Bills

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has scheduled a mark-up of two more Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bills–the Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990)–on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00 am in Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.   Collectively, … Continue Reading

Big Vote (34-5) on Charter Schools’ Bill

By a vote of 34-5, the House Education and Workforce Committee reported out its second Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, H.R. 2218.pdf, on June 22, 2011. Entitled the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act, the legislation revamps the current charter schools’ discretionary grant program, among other things, to give priority to states … Continue Reading