President Calls for ESEA Reauthorization by Next School Year
President Obama issued his strongest call for ESEA reauthorization this year while delivering a speech yesterday at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. The President said, "So that’s why I’m calling on Congress to send me an education reform bill I can sign into law before the next school year begins -- (applause) -- before next year’s school year." The White House also released a factsheet.
The speech didn't really till any new policy ground or add any details around specific proposals (e.g. how the new proposed accountability system would actually work). Still, it was an important milestone in signaling to Congress that the Administration wants ESEA to be a top legislative priority for this coming year.
Our Education Insiders remain pessimessitic on a quick reauthorization. In the last month's survey, more than 65% believe we won't see a final bill until 2013 and only 30% believe a bill will be signed this year.