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UPDATED May 10, 2011 - New information is underlined.
Earlier today, AASA met with key House committee staff for an overview of their first ESEA legislative proposal. This first piece, as previously reported, focuses on funding flexibility. Please note that legislative language is not yet available, and some changes may occur between this preliminary information and the bill itself. Everything reported here comes from discussions with committee staff. We will keep you up-to-date!
LEAs will have 100% flexibility in moving funds within and between ALL ESEA titles and programs. It is a full expansion of the limited and under-utilized transferability language currently in Title VI. Here's the text of a memo I sent to the executive directors of AASA state affiliates:
Earlier today, AASA Policy and Advocacy team members met with key staff of the House Education and the Workforce Committee (HEWC) for an initial overview on the House’s first proposal for ESEA reauthorization. AASA was the first education organization the committee staff met with. The proposal outlined below is subject to some minor tweaks, given that today’s meeting was the first unveiling.
The HEWC will move its first piece of its ESEA proposal within the next few weeks. It is hard to put a timeline on when we will see language, but it is very unlikely to be before Memorial Day. The first piece addresses local funding flexibility and looks to provide both state and local education agencies with complete flexibility when it comes to federal ESEA funding.
Based on the quick summary provided above, I am greatly interested in your feedback. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and anticipate any hiccups or obstacles with this proposal. I can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Looking ahead, any changes to the proposal will be disseminated in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that this is the first of several individual pieces of ESEA reauthorization that the House will introduce. This piece is focused on flexibility. Within the meeting I asked about several of AASA’s other major concerns in ESEA (accountability/assessment, set asides, disaggregation, etc), and was assured there was room for those discussions in the coming bills.
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