News in Brief: A Washington Roundup

April 19, 2000 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

House Panel Passes ESEA Reauthorization Measure

The House education committee last week closed out a protracted and highly partisan debate on a bill to reauthorize portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with all Democrats voting against the final plan.

On a vote of 25-21, the Education and the Workforce Committee on April 13 approved HR 4141, a bill to reauthorize about $2.4 billion in funding for safe schools, technology, Title VI block grants, and other programs. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was the sole Republican to vote against the bill, which is the last in a series the committee has approved to reauthorize the ESEA.

Democrats charge, among other criticisms, that the additional spending flexibility the bill promises states and districts would undermine core national priorities.

Rep. George Miller of California offered one of the few Democratic amendments that succeeded. Approved 26-20, it would require parental consent before a student participated in commercial marketing and research in schools.

Two GOP amendments that were approved would allow schools to discipline special education students in the same way as other students if they came to school with a gun or engaged in dangerous activities on school grounds.

— Erik W. Robelen

Bllls Target Science Instruction

A Michigan Republican unveiled House bills last week that are designed to improve the quality of science instruction in U.S. classrooms.

The package of three bills would offer tax credits to college undergraduates studying to become K-12 mathematics or science teachers, authorize funding for summer institutes to help teachers improve their skills, and create a program in which “master teachers” would work in elementary schools. Those expert teachers would train K-6 teachers in hands-on activities intended to demonstrate scientific and mathematical principles.

“These bills are the first step in a long process to ensure that teachers are provided the necessary training and skills to teach these subjects and that students are provided with the best possible learning curricula and environment,” Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers, the bill’s author and the vice chairman of the House Science Committee, said in a statement.

— David J. Hoff

‘High Stakes’ Tests Criticized

Sen. Paul D. Wellstone, D-Minn., has introduced a measure aimed at stemming the growing reliance on tests to make “high stakes” decisions about students’ academic futures.

The proposed Fairness and Accuracy in Student Testing Act would require states and districts to use a wide range of measures— not just standardized tests—to make decisions about graduation, promotion, or class placement.

“The high-stakes-testing movement imposes a harsh agenda that holds children responsible for our own failure to invest in their future,” Mr. Wellstone said in unveiling the bill this month.

Rep. Robert C. Scott, D- Va., has introduced a companion bill in the House.

—Debra Viadero

A version of this article appeared in the April 19, 2000 edition of Education Week as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Evaluating Equity to Drive District-Wide Action this School Year
Educational leaders are charged with ensuring all students receive equitable access to a high-quality education. Yet equity is more than an action. It is a lens through which we continuously review instructional practices and student
Content provided by BetterLesson

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Schools Get the Brunt of Latest COVID Wave in South Carolina
In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter.
4 min read
Two Camden Elementary School students in masks listen as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about steps the school is taking to fight COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Camden, S.C. McMaster has adamantly and repeatedly come out against requiring masks in schools even as the average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state has risen since early June. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
Education More States Are Requiring Schools to Teach Native American History and Culture
Advocates say their efforts have gained some momentum with the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd.
3 min read
A dancer participates in an intertribal dance at Schemitzun on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Mashantucket, Conn., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Connecticut and a handful of other states have recently decided to mandate students be taught about Native American culture and history. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Education Judge's Temporary Order Allows Iowa Schools to Mandate Masks
A federal judge ordered the state to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn.
4 min read
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters following a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds lashed out at President Joe Biden Thursday after he ordered his education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19. Reynolds, a Republican, has signed a bill into law that prohibits school officials from requiring masks, raising concerns as delta variant virus cases climb across the state and schools resume classes soon. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Education Hurricane Ida Deals New Blow to Louisiana Schools Struggling to Reopen
The opening of the school year offered teachers a chance to fully assess the pandemic's effects, only to have students forced out again.
8 min read
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021. Louisiana students, who were back in class after a year and a half of COVID-19 disruptions kept many of them at home, are now missing school again after Hurricane Ida. A quarter-million public school students statewide have no school to report to, though top educators are promising a return is, at most, weeks away, not months.
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021.
John Locher/AP