Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New: Every Child Succeeds Act


It's better than the No Child Left Behind Act, it's the new and improved Every Child Succeeds Act! Congress proposed the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in November of 2015.

See below for details.

The 1,061-page proposal would maintain high levels of spending and dozens of ineffective programs and would create new programs! Most of the spending under the law, designated for low-income school districts, is to try to empower poor children to access better learning options. Proposals also allows states to completely opt out of the programs under ESEA, through a provision known as A-PLUS (based on the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act), in order to direct dollars to state and local education priorities and limit federal intervention in education.

The new bill would “improve basic programs operated by state and local educational agencies.” Spending under Title I would increase from approximately $14.4 billion to $15 billion in 2017, and to $16.2 billion by 2020. Funding for reading programs, migrant education, and intervention programs for at-risk children, remains steady. Also, the School Improvement Grant (SIG) set up by President Obama would be increased from 4% to 7%. Every Child Succeeds Act would also create a new pre-school program.

Funding would be available to teachers to attend a two-week to six-week seminar taught by “primary scholars." This continues the unnecessary and destructive micro-managing by the federal government.

Constitutionally, the Every Child Succeeds Act, along with the No Child Left Behind Act and the whole Department of Education is unconstitutional. Education is not a federal issue, it is a state issue. Also, students, families and teachers all benefit more if education is left locally; as local as possible.