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  • CTA's Principles for Reauthorization
    ESEA needs to be less about politics and more about policies to fulfill the promises of a high quality public education
  • NEA's Guidelines for Changing NCLB
    Fulfilling the Great Public Schools criteria require not only the continued commitment of all educators, but the concerted efforts ofpolicymakers at all levels of government.

ESEA - No Child Left Behind

  • Every student deserves a great public school. Our nation must support proven policies AND make the right investments to ensure opportunity for all children, not exacerbate existing inequities in public education—inequities that are harming our students and communities, particularly those of color. Every student deserves committed, caring, and qualified educators. To ensure they get them, educators must be empowered to focus on what is most important: student learning and achievement

    Federal Lawmakers Need to Fix Pending ESEA

    In June 2013, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved Chairman Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) ESEA reauthorization bill, the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 (S. 1094), on a 12-10 party-line vote. NEA took no position on the base bill, finding some promising improvements in it but too many areas still needing work. There is no immediate timeline for the bill to reach the Senate floor.

    Over CTA and NEA member objections, in July 2013 the House of Representatives on a partisan vote passed HR 5, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Now known as The "Student Success Act" (HR 5), the bill as currently written would undermine the federal government's role of helping to ensure equity of opportunity for all students.  Specifically, the bill would reduce resources aimed to support the education of marginalized students and undermine teacher quality and the role of collective bargaining in constructing teacher evaluations.

    Additionally, an amendment that passed, the Cantor amendment, will dilute the impact of the Title I program by creating vouchers that will drain Title I dollars from schools with high concentrations of poverty. We strongly opposed the amendment. 

    Our message to Congress is to provide more flexibility, empower educators, and focus on ESEA’s original promise of equity and fairness for students. That message resonates powerfully, especially when it comes from those who know best: classroom teachers and education support professionals.

    Read CTA President Dean Vogel’s statement about HR 5

    Read NEA's letter opposing HR 5.

    Read CTA's statement on the divisive NCLB waivers issued to eight CA school districts.

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