ESEA is moving! Tell Congress ESEA authorization must provide more opportunity for students to learn

Colleen Pasco, U.S. Representative Mark Takai, Fran Bellinger
Pictured left to right:  HSTA Secretary-Treasurer Colleen Pasco, U.S. Representative Mark Takai, and NEA Director Fran Bellinger met in Washington, D.C. the week of February 9th to discuss more learning opportunities for our students.

ESEA is moving! Tell Congress ESEA reauthorization must provide more opportunity for students to learn.

Join NEA in urging Congress to focus on three core goals for reauthorization:

*Creating a new generation accountability system that includes an “opportunity dashboard”
*Giving students more time to learn by reducing the number of federally-mandated tests
*Ensuring qualified educators and empowering them to lead

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ESEA moving quickly in the House
The Republican majority on the House Education and the Workforce Committee is planning to release its ESEA reauthorization bill next week, with a markup the week of Feb. 9. The bill is expected to be similar to H.R. 5, the NEA-opposed bill passed by the House during the 113th Congress. The plan is to bring it to the floor by the last week of February, before the full Senate takes up ESEA reauthorization.

Tell Congress to reduce the federal role in testing

Urge your representative to support and co-sponsor the bipartisan, NEA-supported Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 452). The bill would reduce the number of federally-mandated tests from 14 to 6 to give teachers more one-on-one time with students, especially those most in need of extra time and help.

Teacher testifies on ESEA before Senate HELP Committee

NEA member Rachelle Moore, a National BoardCertified teacher and mentor in the Seattle Teacher Residency program—unique in that it is driven by teacher voices—testified at the Senate HELP Committee’s hearing on ESEA this week. She stressed the need “to ensure all students have equal educational opportunities” and “provide the resources necessary to support and retain teachers, such as investing in residency models and mentoring programs.” The HELP Committee will hold a roundtable on Tuesday, Feb. 3, on innovation, its third hearing on ESEA since the start of the new Congress. An ESEA reauthorization bill could be marked up in late February or early March.