On Saturday the Obama administration announced the release of its blueprint for reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read the blueprint and find more information from the Department of Education here.
“We’re surprised that the Obama administration’s first attempt to rectify the problems in NCLB appears so inadequate. For starters, there’s no serious proposal to involve parents in their children’s education,” said CEA Executive Director John Yrchik.
“Instead of inspiring citizens, this proposal raises concerns. Student need has always played a significant role in delivering federal dollars to local communities. With the proposal, however, the Administration seems intent on turning its back on some students’ needs by insisting on competition on an unprecedented level. When it comes to children, the Administration should not be setting some of them up to be financial losers.”
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel testified today before the House Appropriations Committee. He raised an alarm over the big jump in competitive grants in the Obama administration’s proposed education budget, saying it could compound the economic squeeze in many school districts.
On the plus side, he said, the Obama budget calls for increased overall funding. But “those increases would not reach all students, districts, and states.”