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
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