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Federal Education Policy Update - Nov. 2010

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Keynote presentation at 2010 Colorado TESOL (CoTESOL) conference.

Keynote presentation at 2010 Colorado TESOL (CoTESOL) conference.

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  • 1. Federal Education Update John Segota Director of Advocacy, Standards, & Professional Relations 2010 CoTESOL Conference
  • 2. Overview • 112th Congress • Obama Administration • Education Policy – Reform – ESEA – WIA – Immigration • Advocacy
  • 3. 112th Congress • House of Representatives – 239 Republicans – 189 Democrats • Senate – 53 Democrats* – 46 Republicans
  • 4. House of Representatives • Leadership – Speaker of the House – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) • Education and Labor – Chairman – Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
  • 5. U.S. Senate • Leadership – Majority Leader - Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions – Chairman – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • 6. 111th Congressional Agenda • Federal Budget • Tax cuts • What else?
  • 7. U.S. Department of Education • Arne Duncan - Secretary of Education • Russlynn Ali - Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • 8. U.S. Department of Education • Thelma Melendez - Assistant Secretary, Elementary & Secondary Education • Rosalinda Barrera, Assistant Secretary, OELA Director • Brenda Dann-Messler, Assistant Secretary, Vocational and Adult Education
  • 9. Education Reform • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Race to the Top Fund - $4.35 Billion • $1.35 Billion request – FY 11 – Investing in Innovation (i3) grants - $643.5 Million • Common Core Standards initiative
  • 10. Elementary and Secondary Education Act • Blueprint for Reform – College- and Career-Ready Students – Great Teachers and Leaders in Every School – Equity and Opportunity for All Students – Raise the Bar and Reward Excellence – Promote Innovation and Continuous Improvement
  • 11. Title III Reform • Establish new criteria to ensure consistent statewide identification of students as English Learners, and to determine eligibility, placement, and duration of programs and services, based on the state’s valid and reliable English language proficiency assessment.
  • 12. Title III Reform • Implement a system to evaluate the effectiveness of language instruction educational programs, and to provide information on the achievement of subgroups of English Learners, to drive better decisions by school districts for program improvement, and to support districts in selecting effective programs.
  • 13. Workforce Investment Act (WIA) • Hearings • Community Conversations • Adult Education & Economic Growth Act – HR 3238 - Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) – S 1468 - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • 14. Adult Education • National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week – Sept. 18 • Adult Literacy Caucus • H.R. 1224 – Families Learning and Understanding English Together (FLUENT) Act of 2009
  • 15. Integration & Immigration • Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009 – H.R. 3249 - Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) – S. 1478 - Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) • DREAM Act – S. 3827 - Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) – H.R. 1751 - Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)
  • 16. Immigration Reform • HR 4321 - Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security And Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009 • Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR) Framework • S 3932 - Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010
  • 17. Intensive English Programs • Accreditation Bill – S. 1338 – Sen. Ben Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) – HR 2361 – Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) • TESOL, AAIEP, UCIEP Joint Position Statement on Governance for English Language Instruction at Institutions of Higher Education
  • 18. Online Resources • TESOL’s U.S. Advocacy Action Center – http://capwiz.com/tesol • http://www.senate.gov • http://www.house.gov • http://thomas.loc.gov My e-mail: jsegota@tesol.org