Education Insider: Budget Super Committee, ESEA Waivers, and 2012 Elections

This month‰'s survey asked some of the savviest political and policy experts questions around ESEA waivers, the ‰"Budget Super Committee‰" and its impact on education budgets, and their thoughts on the 2012 Presidential race. Questions include:

  • When will ESEA be reauthorized?
  • What is the Joint Select Committee and what impact will it have on education budgets?
  • Which programs are at most risk of being cut?
  • Will there be a legal challenge to ESEA waivers?
  • What do waivers mean for the SES community?
  • Will RttT winners ask for waivers that fundamentally change their plans? If so, what does this mean from a policy and politcal view?
  • What issues are most likely to get traction in the Republican presidential primaries?

We are pleased to be joined by two great education reformers: Charles Barone, Director of Federal Policy for Democrats for Education Reform and David Cleary, Legislation Director for Senator Lamar Alexander. Both are deeply involved with ESEA reauthorization, ESEA waivers, and other critical federal policy matters.

Charles Barone , Director of Federal Policy, Democrats for Education Reform

Prior to joining DFER in early 2009, Charles Barone spent five years working as an independent consultant on education policy issues. His clients included the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, Education Trust, and the National Academies of Sciences. In 2007, Barone authored the DFER briefing "Keeping Achievement Relevant: The Reauthorization of 'No Child Left Behind'". Between 2001 and 2003, Barone served as Democratic Deputy Staff Director for the House Education and Labor Committee under Congressman George Miller (D-CA), prior to which he served as Miller's Legislative Director from 1997-2000. Barone first came to Capitol Hill as a Congressional Fellow in 1993 and subsequently became Chief Education Advisor to the late Senator Paul Simon (D-IL).

David Cleary, Legislative Director, Senator Alexander
Republican Staff Director of Alexander‰'s HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families since February 2006, David Cleary has been Alexander‰'s principal advisor on education policy. Mr. Cleary previously served as a staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce under then-Chairman John Boehner (R-Ohio), and as a legislative analyst for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining Alexander‰лЊs staff, Mr. Cleary was the director of policy and research for the Aspen Institute‰лЊs Commission on No Child Left Behind. Cleary earned a B.A. in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.