Senator Alexander Releases Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Discussion Draft

On January 13, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the new Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a discussion draft of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).   Entitled the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015,” the measure would significantly scale back the scope and extent of federal authority over states and school districts.   It includes numerous provisions that are of great concern to the disability community, including limiting the Department of Education’s role in setting standards for state accountability and reporting systems. Specifically, the measure would allow states to remove an unlimited number of students with disabilities from the general accountability system. The Arc strongly opposes this provision as it could obscure achievement gaps, lower expectations, and reduce standards for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   A more detailed analysis of the bill will be provided at a later date. See the discussion draft at http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/AEG15033.pdf

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