In late September, President Obama announced that states would be invited to apply for waivers of the current requirements in No Child Left Behind. However, it was made clear that any flexibility must be in exchange for “serious state-led efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college- and career-ready.”
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Numerous congressional hearings over the past year have featured principals and superintendents bemoaning onerous regulations, many of which have been pinned on No Child Left Behind. In fairness to schools and districts, it’s not always clear whether a regulation originates with the federal, state, or local government—and all play a part.
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced October 20 that 35 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico submitted applications for the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT–ELC), a $500 million state-level competitive grant program to improve early learning and development.
On October 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee marked up the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act. The legislation is meant to update the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which was signed into law in 2001.
The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce Hosts Status
Check on Race to the Top, Highlights Successes and Short-Comings
Groups Stress Federal Accountability
A report on the state of Business-Education Partnerships in the U.S
Over 100,000 Utahns awoke this morning ready to work but had no job to go to. Ironically, in a time of high unemployment, many Utah businesses have jobs they cannot fill simply because workers with the right education and skills are not available. Education plays a critical role in our recovery from the longest, widest and deepest recession since the Great Depression and it is the key to long-term prosperity.
In March 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and National Chamber Foundation (NCF) released fact sheets for every state and the District of Columbia comparing the state of K–12 public education across nine categories. The fact sheets give business leaders, parents, community leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders a snapshot of the education landscape in each state—what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s downright ugly. The fact sheets are meant to arm leaders with basic facts and spur them to learn more about what is really happening in their schools and statehouses with respect to K–12 public education. In other words, the fact sheets are meant to fuel change.