Reauthorization of ESEA | NCLB

Photo of a pretty Hispanic lawyer.January 2011

On March 13, 2010, the Obama administration released its blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA is the nation’s general education law and is currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act. It was last reauthorized in 2001.

Given the importance of the ESEA in the lives of children with and without disabilities, it comes as no surprise that its pending reauthorization has sparked vigorous discussions throughout the entire education community and beyond. Use the links below to find out more about the “blueprint” that’s been released by the White House and what stakeholders are saying about it and the law itself.

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The Blueprint on the Table

ESEA Reauthorization: A Blueprint for Reform.
The Obama administration’s plan.

The blueprint, in Spanish.

The Department of Education’s blog on the reauthorization process.

Secretary of Education Duncan, explaining the blueprint to Congress.
Read his testimony, or watch the archived video.

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Inside Congress

Who’s working on ESEA in the House?
The Committee on Education and Labor is working on a bipartisan reform of the ESEA/NCLB. The website of the committee is a good place to find out the latest action taking place in Congress with respect to ESEA. Visit at:

Who’s on the committee?

How about in the Senate?
The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), that’s who!

Both of the committees in the Congress have multiple videos online of the testimony they’ve received from witnesses during the hearings they are holding to examine specific issues with respect to ESEA. You have to roam around a bit to find them, and also scroll down the pages you find to see all the topics addressed so far. For example, on the House side:

Testimony given before the House subcommittee.
Hearings to examine “how schools can properly address the needs of diverse students under Elementary and Secondary Education Act, particularly low-income students, minority students, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, Native Americans, and homeless students.”

Finding the list of hearings that have been held in the Senate is a little easier. They are listed neatly in a central table at the link below (look for those labeled ESEA Reauthorization).

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Perspectives from the Field

Naturally, everyone has an opinion—-and recommendations, concerns, and suggestions. In no particular order, here’s a sampling of reactions and input from the field.

In Phi Delta Kappan.
The CEO of the Center for Education Policy discusses the major issues associated with ESEA reauthorization in the December 2010 issue of Phi Delta Kappan.

NASDSE | National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

Council for Exceptional Children.

CASE | Council of Administrators of Special Education.

School Success for All Coalition: Recommendations to Improve School Climate.

Business Leaders Release Principles for Reauthorizing ESEA.
From the Business Roundtable.

CCSSO | Council of Chief State School Officers.

CCD |Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

The National Education Association (NEA).

A series of interactive webinars held by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The Forum for Education and Democracy.

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