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110th Congress- Summary

Reauthorization

  1. Support for full funding of Title I (The current appropriation discussion leaves Title I with a loss. 90% of the Nation’s school districts participating in the federal Title I program will have their Title I funding cut or frozen for school year (2007-08).Breitling Replica Half of the states will also lose funding (See Center on Education Policy Report Aug 2006). In fact, 25 states and the District of Columbia will see their federal Title I funding reduced, compared to only 9 states in the 2005-06 school years.
  2. We support accountability. In fact we believe that schooling for all students should be geared toward high and rigorous standards. However, we observe that standards and accountability have become equated with measures and initiatives that impose a retributive penalty framework rather than a supportive framework. We have signed on to the joint organizational statement on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) submitted to Congress and updated on July 18, 2007. We strongly recommend that states be able to develop multiple measures of accountability. We ask that Congress in writing the legislation consider the rationale put forth by Jane Herman of CRESST1.
  3. Support Programs of Professional Development for Educational Leaders.
  4. Support for Targeted and Sustained investment, at the federal level  for financial equity and human capital for every student
  5. Support for Congresspersons (and work cogently and effectively with them) who will assure that Congress provide substantive funding to prevent further educational crisis for students of African descent.
  6. We oppose any choice or voucher programs that use public taxpayers’ dollars for private and parochial school education, even when the dollars are targeted to a select number of poor children.
  7. Continued support for the E-Rate. The E-rate program continues to make advanced telecommunications services affordable to our nation’s schools and libraries.
  8. We support choice for parents who are within the public sector including public charter and magnet schooling. However, we are concerned that each state recognize and consider the extent to which the state’s policies support of charter schools are in fact parallel with non-charter public schools.
  9. We argue that public schools and public education historically have been the bedrock of our country’s robust democratic institutions. We therefore believe that among the federal roles the ideal of equity must remain. Excellence is undermined if equity is ignored.
  10. We expect that no high-stakes construct will be put in place until there are more advances in high stake resources that provide equitable and educationally-relevant resources for all needy districts and schools.
  11. Support appropriate measures of school-to-work transition especially for targeted groups.
  12. We support federal legislative language that maintains the state’s “statutory and constitutional” role of responsibility for its citizens’ education at the local level. However, we advocate that states and local institutions be held accountable for all our citizens’ civil rights.
  1. We support language that discusses school improvement, provides sufficient time for plans to take hold before applying any form of sanction and that the sufficient time required in this statute be based on rigorous research.

Higher Education

  1. We support research as a lever for informing and influencing policy and legislation. But we would request that Congress review all research from diverse perspectives in a bipartisan way, not just research that supports a particular perspective.
  2. We support the strengthening of Higher Education by strengthening teacher preparation programs through support for quality interventions including distance learning and through strengthening student grants for teachers of high caliber to work in poor communities.

New Initiative

  1. We strongly recommend that Congress invest in a pilot dual-language program (different from mono-foreign language programs) for elementary school students, and that such pilot programs specifically be authorized and appropriated in the reauthorization of ESEA, within the Title I construct. We further recommend, that in the interest of equity, that such programs be authorized for schools with targeted Title I funds.
  2. Support for Congresspersons and coalitions who are working to increase attention to HIV/AIDS funding for school-age children.
ALL CHILDREN ARE EQUAL ACT (ACE)

THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT(AJA)AND EDUCATION IMPLICATIONS

THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET

CHARTER SCHOOLS

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

COMMON CORE STANDARDS

CONGRESSIONAL BILLS

REAUTHORIZATION OF THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT OF 1965

TITLE I

VOUCHERS