Thursday, March 29, 2012

Holliday Decries Congressional Paralysis on ESEA

This from Politics K-12:

What's Up in Congress? Not Much Real Action, State Chiefs Hear
Chief state school officers from all over the country came up to Washington this week to hear lawmakers explain why one of their top federal priorities —an honest-to-goodness reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as opposed to just waivers from the U.S. Department of Education—won't get done this year.

Most folks who are watching movement on education, or just about anything in Congress, are well aware of the never-ending stalemate when it comes to ESEA renewal—not to mention the federal budget.
The lack of action is still frustrating and depressing to some state education officials.

"It seems like [the system] isn't working at all. I definitely think there's paralysis," said Terry Holliday, Kentucky's education chief, in an interview during the Council of Chief State School Officers' annual legislative conference.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., the former Denver schools chief and a rising star on K-12 education policy in Congress, feels their pain.
"We have been unable, in our dysfunction, to move ESEA forward," he told the chiefs in a wide-ranging speech...


Anonymous said...

Wonder how our kids would score on assessments if legislators served as their teachers? Or even if they just plain served in the roles they were elected to serve?
I wish their jobs would be dependent upon the collective success of all those they are suppose to be representing. If we took all the federal or state legislators and threw them in a school district to serve as educators and said run it -wonder what would happen?

Richard Day said...

It's how you know if a superintendent really believes in "all" kids.