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An overview of US federal education policy and proposed legislation affecting the TESOL/ESL field. Presented at the 2012 CATESOL Conference in Oakland, CA.

An overview of US federal education policy and proposed legislation affecting the TESOL/ESL field. Presented at the 2012 CATESOL Conference in Oakland, CA.

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    • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
 Education Policies & Election Politics John Segota, CAE Associate Executive Director for Public Policy & Professional Relations TESOL International Association 14 April 20121 4/14/12 footer
    • Agenda•  FY 2013 Federal Budget•  Legislation –  ESEA  Reauthoriza/on   –  WIA  Reauthoriza/on   –  DREAM  Act  
    • Dept. of Ed Budget Request•  $69.8 billion for FY 2013•  Priorities –  Increasing  College  Affordability  and  Quality   –  Eleva/ng  the  Teaching  Profession   –  Aligning  Job  Training  and  Educa/on  Programs  with   Workforce  Demands   –  Protec/ng  Formula  Programs  for  At-­‐Risk  Popula/ons   –  Con/nue  on  the  Path  of  Reform  and  Innova/on    
    • Programs of Interest Department of Education FY2012 Final President’s FY2013 RequestEnglish Learner Education $732.1 $732.1(Title III)Assessing Achievement $389.2 $389.2Adult Basic and Literacy $595 $595EducationNational Leadership $11.3 $11.3Activities (Adult Ed)EL/Civics (Adult Ed) $74.7 $74.7
    • ESEA Reauthorization•  Senate –  Consensus  bill  –  product  of  compromise  and   nego/a/on   –  Career  and  college  readiness  standards   –  Providing  incen/ves  to  improve  teacher  and   principal  quality   –  Focus  on  boLom  5%  of   low-­‐performing  schools  
    • ESEA Reauthorization - Senate•  Standards –  Requires  states  demonstrate  college  and   career  ready  standards    and  create   assessments  in  reading,  math  and  science   –  NO  requirement  to  join  Common  Core   Standards  Ini/a/ve  •  Accountability –  Same  tes/ng  but  eliminates  AYP   –  Disaggrega/on  of  data  NO  achievement  targets  
    • ESEA Reauthorization - House•  Last year –  Termina/on  bill   –  Charter  school  expansion  bill   –  Flexibility  bill  •  This year –  Student  Success  Act   –  Encouraging  Innova/on  and  Effec/ve  Teachers  Act   –  Both  approved  February  28  on  party  line  votes   –  Might  make  it  to  the  floor  
    • Overview of House Bill•  House bill merges Title III into subpart Title I.•  Professional development for teachers of ELLs is not maintained as a national priority.•  House bill eliminates HQT requirements.•  House bill requires SEA/LEAs to develop teacher evaluation systems; Senate only requires it for those applying for competitive grants.•  House bill includes significant expansion of funding flexibility.
    • WIA Reauthorization•  Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (HR 2226 / S 2117)•  Senate HELP Committee bipartisan draft•  Workforce Investment Act of 2012
 (HR 4227)•  Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297)
    • AEEG and HR 4227•  Add ESL to core purpose of WIA Title II•  Include adult ELLs into funding formula•  Authorize EL/Civics Grant Program•  Incorporate career pathways and integrated training into WIA Title II•  Authorize more funding for WIA Title II
    • DREAM Act•  HR 1842 - Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced in House – 80 cosponsors•  S 952 - Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced in Senate – 34 cosponsors •  Republican alternative?
    • Get involved!•  TESOL U.S. Advocacy Action Center –  hLp://capwiz.com/TESOL  •  TESOL Advocacy Day 2012 –  hLp://www.tesol.org/AdvocacyDay2012