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Action Alert: The Every Child Achieves Act - Senate Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Re

08-Jul-2015

ECAA lacks language to ensure intervention for student groups not meeting state-set reading, math, and graduation goals

The Senate began its debate of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) in the Senate July 7. Debate will continue for up to two weeks. While the bill includes important provisions that support students with disabilities, it still lacks the critical language that assures states and districts will help schools provide intervention to groups of students (e.g., students with disabilities, ELLs, poor, minority students) when they struggle to meet state standards.

Senate Democrats, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). are working to develop and add language to the ECAA that would ensure students, after not meeting state-set academic and graduation goals for two years or more, would be provided targeted intervention and instructional support proportional to their needs.

While the language is not yet final, the goal is to create true accountability for the appropriate use of limited Title I dollars to meet the needs of struggling students including students with disabilities, students who are poor, minority students and students learning English.

To gain support from parents of students with disabilities, language must be included that assures states help districts and schools provide targeted instruction and other supports when students in any school struggle to meet reading, math or graduation goals.

Without this critical addition, the current ECAA would allow students with disabilities not meeting state-set goals to remain invisible in nearly every school in the state.

Chairman Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Murray (D-Wash.) are urging quick Senate action; however, without this important addition, the current bill is harmful to students with disabilities and does not support their progress so they can become career-ready and/or enter college.  Senators need to hear from you now to support this important amendment.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the offices of your Senators

  • Identify yourself as a constituent

  • Find your Senators email addresses:  https://www.congress.gov/members

Message: "I am calling/writing to ask Senator _________ to support added provisions to the Every Child Achieves Act to ensure students, after not meeting state-set academic and graduation goals for two years or more, would be provided state-led and district-designed targeted intervention and instructional support proportional to the students who need it. Such district and state-directed intervention, is critical to assuring students, in any school, makes important progress toward state standards and goals and also creates accountability for the appropriate use of limited Title I dollars to meet the needs of struggling students. Students with disabilities deserve this important accountability so that they become career-ready or go to college. In its current form, the ECAA is not good enough for students with disabilities. Please work to improve ESEA in a way that fully includes children with disabilities so that they have the same opportunity to achieve a regular diploma as all other students."


 
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