My homeschool peeps alerted me to a New Bill in the Senate. It is purported to be a Big Bad Bill that creates a new (and bad, but I repeat myself) National School Board.
It appears that federal meddling into the local issue of education came to fruition with an “Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.” I have no idea what that law entailed.
The next big thing to hit the federal landscape was Dubya’s No Child Left Behind. Which. Can I just say? That is every bit as Orwellian doublespeak of a title as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
So then Obama topped Dubya’s concern for the children with his own “Race to the Top” law embedded in the Stimulus Package of 2009. This law incentivized the adoption of Common Core.
Now, we have step four (or maybe step four thousand nine hundred eighty-four, if considering the Gramscian March approach to politics) in the transformation of education from a local issue to a federally overseen “right.”
All I’ve done in this post is digest and regurgitate the table of contents of this proposed law. Pretty thick stuff, even so. Further translation of this bill will follow in later posts.
Without further ado, I introduce to you the table of contents for this education bill, as annotated by yours truly:
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
- Short title
- Table of contents
- Effective dates
- Table of contents of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
- Authorization of appropriations
Section 1. Short Title.
This act may be cited as the “Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013.” (Because the title “Finishing Off That Pesky American Exceptionalism” would be too obvious.)
Section 2. Table of Contents.
Title I–College and Career Readiness For All Students (you do want your children to be ready for college and career . . . don’t you?)
- Part A of Title I–Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged (Sect 1111-1126–you do want the disadvantaged to achieve academics . . . don’t you?)
- Part B of Title I–Pathways to College
- Part C of Title I–Education of Migratory Children
- Part D of Title I–Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children . . . Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
- Part E–Educational Stability of Children in Foster Care
- Part F–General Provisions
Title II–Supporting Teacher and Principal Excellence (you do support excellent teachers and principals . . . .don’t you?)
Title III–Language and Academic Content Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
Title IV–Supporting Successful, Well-Rounded Students (you do want well-rounded students, don’t you?) Sect 4101 thru 4111–(increasing access is good, and you are feeling very sleepy)
Title V–Promoting Innovation (you do promote innovation, don’t you?)
- Part A–Race to the Top
- Part B–Investing in Innovation
- Part C–Magnet School Assistance
- Part D–Public Charter Schools
- Part E–Voluntary Public School Choice
Title VI–Promoting Flexibility; Rural Education
Title VII–Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education
- subpart 1–formula grants to local educational agencies
- subpart 2–special programs and projects
- subpart 3–national activities
- subpart 4–federal administration
- subpart 5–definitions & authorization of appropriations
- Part B–Native Hawaiian Education; Alaska Native education
- subparts 1 & 2–mindnumbingly boring details
Title VIII–Impact Aid
Title IX–General Provisions
Sec 9101. Definitions
Sec 9102. Unsafe school choice option.
Sec 9103. Evaluation Authority.
Sec. 9104. Conforming amendments.
Title X–Commission on Effective Regulation and Assessment Systems for Public Schools
Sec. 10011. Short title
A bunch more tedious sections . . .
Title XI–Amendments to Other Laws; Miscellaneous Provisions
- Part A–Amendments to other Laws
- Part B–Misc. Provisions
Section 3. References.
Unless otherwise stated, references of repeal are assumed to apply to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 6301).
Section 4. Transition.
a) Multi-Year Awards. If you are a recipient of a multi-year award under the old 1965 law, you shall continue to receive those funds until Sept. 30, 2014, then it’s tough luck, unless you get a “flexibility waiver,” but only if it was granted before enactment of this here new school-strengthening bill, and only for as long as the original waiver period.
b) Planning and Transition. If you get funds under the 1965 law prior to this new bill’s enactment, you can use it towards implementation of this here new school-strengthening bill if you like. We are magnanimous that way.
c) Orderly Transition. The Secretary of Education will make sure things are orderly.
Section 5. Effective Dates.
a) In General. This bill is effective law upon date of enactment, unless otherwise stated.
b) Noncompetitive Programs. For these programs, this new bill will take effect July 1, 2013. Because retro-active is all the rage.
c) Competitive Programs. For these programs, this new bill will take effect fiscal-year 2014.
d) Impact Aid. For stuff done under Title VIII, this new bill will take effect fiscal-year 2014.
Section 6. Table of Contents of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Section 2 of the 1965 Act is amended by sticking Title I thru Title IX of this new bill into it.
Section 7. Authorization of Appropriations.
The old 1965 Act is amended by inserting the following after sec. 2: “sec 3. Authorizations of Appropriations: The money needed to carry out Title I, part A (except for sec. 1116(g), 1125A, 1132, & subpart 4 of part A) for fiscal year (fy) 2014 and the next 4 fy can be appropriated.
Also, the Secretary of Education can reserve 2% of appropriations for national activities described in sec. 1116(f)(6).
Also, funds can be appropriated for the administration of State assessments under the National Assessment of Educational Progress, for fy 2014 and the next 4 fy.
Also, funds can be appropriated for part B, C, and D of Title I, for fy 2014 and the next 4 fy.
Also, there are about 7 more pages about how appropriations are authorized, and I cannot continue to slog thru them.