HB1377 [PDF] - Last week the House Education Committee passed House Bill 1377 and we need your help to stop it in the House. HB1377 has wide-ranging and negative implications for parents, students, teachers, and classified public school employees. This bill would allow school districts that lose students to a charter school to petition the State Board of Education to waive many standards that help ensure student achievement.
SB325 [PDF], by Sen. Alan Clark (R) of Lonsdale, is a bill which seeks to erode the standards of accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts. This bill seeks to help small schools districts by ensuring that they will not be in violation of the standards if a school district offers a course but no student enrolls. This bill is one of several other bills which have been filed this session which roll back various standards of accreditation.
A serious effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) since 2002, is underway in the 114th Congress.
We have an opportunity to shape education for our members and their students for years to come. For too long educators' voices have not been listened to when it comes to federal policy. No one knows better than our members what a reduction in high stakes testing and a greater understanding of opportunity could mean for our students.
On February 2, 2015, NEA President, Lily Eskelsen García visited two schools in Little Rock. Throughout this country, far too many students face devastating equity and opportunity gaps that limit their hopes and dreams.