US Federal Education & Language Policy Update

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US Federal Education & Language Policy Update

  1. 1. U.S. Federal Education and Language Policy Update John Segota, CAE Associate Executive Director for Public Policy & Professional Relations 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo
  2. 2. Overview •  113th Congress •  Obama Administration •  Education Policy –  ESEA –  WIA –  Immigration –  Common Core
  3. 3. 113th Congress •  House of Representatives –  234 Republicans –  201 Democrats •  Senate –  53 Democrats –  45 Republicans –  2 Independents
  4. 4. House of Representatives •  Leadership –  Speaker of the House – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) •  Education and Workforce –  Chairman – Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
  5. 5. U.S. Senate •  Leadership –  Majority Leader - Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) •  Health, Education, Labor and Pensions –  Chairman – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  6. 6. U.S. Department of Education •  Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Elem. & Sec. Ed. •  Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary, Voc. & Adult Ed. •  Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, OELA
  7. 7. President’s FY2015 Budget Proposal •  $68.6 Billion for Dept. of Ed –  Increasing equity and opportunity for all students –  Strengthening support for teachers and school leaders –  Early learning: Making quality preschool available for all 4-year-olds –  Improving affordability, quality, and success in postsecondary education –  Making schools safer and creating positive learning environments
  8. 8. 2015 Budget Request 38% 23% 21% 18% Student Aid All Other Programs Title I Special Education 11% 89% K-12 Competitive Formula
  9. 9. 2015 Budget Request FY2014 FY2015 Request Title I - ESEA $14.4 billion $14.4 billion Title III - ESEA $723 million $723 million Title II - WIA $564 million $564 million EL/Civics - WIA $71 million $71 million
  10. 10. Teachers and Leaders FY2015 Budget Request Excellent Instructional Teams $2.5 billion Effective Teachers and Learners Grants $2 billion ConnectEDucators $300 million Teacher and Leader Innovation Fund $320 million
  11. 11. Elementary and Secondary Education Act •  S 1094 - Strengthen America Schools Act •  HR 5 – Student Success Act •  S 1158 - English Learning and Innovation Act
  12. 12. Elementary and Secondary Education Act •  NCLB Waivers – 42 States + DC and Puerto Rico have been approved since 2011 – 34 states + DC up for renewal •  Flexibility on some provisions of NCLB in exchange for State-developed plans
  13. 13. Common Core Standards •  PARCC and Smarter Balanced •  English language proficiency assessment –  ASSETS and ELPA 21 •  Understanding Language Project
  14. 14. Higher Education Act •  Last reauthorized in 2008 •  12 Senate hearings •  Title II – Teacher Quality –  State grants –  Partnership grants
  15. 15. Adult Education •  Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization – S. 1356 – Workforce Investment Act of 2013 – HR 803 – Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (“SKILLS”) Act – HR 798 – Workforce Investment Act of 2013
  16. 16. Adult Education •  Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) –  Sponsored by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) –  24 countries –  Results released October/November 2013
  17. 17. Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals •  Eligibility criteria" •  Application procedure" •  Protection from deportation – 2 years" •  Possible employment authorization" •  Not a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship" •  Renewal" "
  18. 18. Immigration Reform •  S. 744 – Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" –  Border Security" –  Pathway to
 citizenship" –  DREAM Act"
  19. 19. House GOP Immgration Principles •  Border Security and Interior Enforcement
 Must Come First" •  Implement Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System" •  Employment Verification and Workplace Enforcement" •  Reforms to the Legal Immigration System" •  Youth" •  Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law"
  20. 20. TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit 22-24 June 2014 Crystal Gateway Marriott Arlington, VA http://www.tesol.org/advocacy
  21. 21. TESOL International Association http://www.tesol.org E-mail: jsegota@tesol.org Twitter: @JohnSegota SlideShare.net

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