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Charter Public Schools and Students Are Big Winners with ESSA Passage

It’s a big week for education reform! After years of discussion about how to improve the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with large bipartisan majorities in both chambers and President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday.

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5 Questions for the Presidential Candidates

As a policy geek, I love presidential debate season. The candidates offer a host of ideas – some new, some old – and we the voters decide which ideas hold the most potential for solving our nation’s big challenges. But as an education advocate and a mom, I’ve been disappointed in this year’s debates. Education has received virtually no air time, despite its major significance to our country’s future.

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Six Presidential Candidates Talk Education in New Hampshire

Today six Republican candidates—former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker—will gather in New Hampshire to discuss education issues at 2015 Education Summits. Hosted by The Seventy Four, a non-profit, non-partisan news website focused on education, the candidates will have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with The Seventy Four's Campbell Brown on a range of issues concerning American education. The summit will be streamed at www.the74million.org.

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Hawaii Expands Pre-K to Charter Schools

Four public charter schools in Hawaii will say “Aloha!” to pre-K students this year, thanks to a new federal Preschool Development Grant. The $14.8 million grant will allow 18 charter schools to offer pre-K over the next four years.

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Posted in State Government Issues, Federal Government

Report Examines the Role of a Charter School Model in Turning around Failing Schools

The latest efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), H.R. 5 and S. 1177, have passed the House and Senate, but the issue of accountability for intervening in low-performing schools is far-from settled. While both bills require states to measure student academic achievement, states are not required to intervene in struggling schools based on those results. And while the National Alliance supports requiring states to intervene in the lowest performing schools, as well as closing failing public charter schools, the effectiveness of current federally funded school improvement is still in question. How have students benefitted from billions of dollars in funds to turn around schools, particularly since 2010?

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Posted in Research, Federal Government

Charter Schools Win with the Senate Passage of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with a vote of 81-17. The National Alliance issued a statement on the bill’s passage.

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DFER’s Marianne Lombardo Gets It Right about Brown Amendment to ECAA

As I read the news clips today, I had to pause and applaud DFER’s Marianne Lombardo and her article she published today on DFER’s blog about Senator Sherrod Brown’s amendment that would have, in the words of Lombardo, “crush[ed] public charter schools.” The National Alliance had deep concerns about this amendment. We were glad to see that it didn’t make it far in consideration. Regardless, it’s important that it’s understood why this amendment was so harmful to the charter school movement nationwide. Read more below.

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The Every Child Achieves Act Update

Consistent with our views expressed to the Senate, the National Alliance strongly supports the provisions under the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) that preserve the annual assessment requirements under current law, including the test participation requirements which will help hold schools accountable for results and provide clear information to parents about school performance.

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ESEA Update

Last week, Congress made great progress on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Here’s a brief summary.

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High Hopes on Capitol Hill

It’s an exciting time for education advocates in Washington, D.C. – after seven years of fits and starts, Congress is truly making progress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), otherwise known as No Child Left Behind. This effort is long overdue.

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