Senate committee debate on ESEA moves ahead; hearing set for 11-8

Update stories from Ed Week here and here on the status of ESEA in the Senate HELP committee, which has set a hearing on the proposal for November 8:

…the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the committee, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., reached an agreement with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., so that action on the bill could move forward.

…the biggest loser is the Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to offer states waivers from some provisions of the current No Child Left Behind Act. Lawmakers have said they’d like to get this bill passed in the Senate before Christmas to negate the need for waivers.

These articles offer some useful insight into the members’ various approaches to the federal role in schools.


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