Senate Action: What to Know About the Every Child Achieves Act

Last week, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was introduced in the Senate. Additionally, the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) is the product of months of bipartisan negations that the authors hope will break the log-jam that has stalled ESEA’s reauthorization for eight years. The ECAA continues to mandate annual assessments and provides states with the freedom to design and establish accountability systems without federal requirements or consequences. The ECAA does not include Title 1 portability which would allow federal funding to be used at any public school. This legislation strengthens and streamlines the Charter Schools Programs by consolidating state start-up grants and facilities aid grants into one program. These are just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the number of issues up for debate when the ECAA is marked up in committee.

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