Possible Compromise for ESEA Bill

By Dembicki, Matthew | Techniques, March 2000 | Go to article overview

Possible Compromise for ESEA Bill


Dembicki, Matthew, Techniques


As Congress prepares to rework the nation's main education law, a moderate Democratic senator is drafting a bill that aims to split the difference between what Democrats and Republicans want.

Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman is working on a bill that would significantly increase funding for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs - a Democratic goal - but also would "block grant" funding for some programs - a GOP goal.

The draft proposal doesn't call for moving Perkins funds into block grants - under which states have more flexibility to use funds as they choose - but would merge many professional development programs. It would require states to submit blueprints on how they plan to use federal funds and would require professional development activities to be coordinated with activities allowed under Perkins and other education laws.

In exchange for more flexibility, the draft would boost funding for ESEA. For example, funding for professional development would increase by $900 million, to $3 billion.

Although Lieberman is not a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - whose members will write the Senate's ESEA bill - education advocates like the Association for Career and Technical Education are monitoring his draft as it may draw attention from both parties.

New national centers set their agendas

Officials from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education outlined their tentative agendas for 2000 to education policymakers and advocates in late January in Washington, D. …

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