Anyone providing SES tutoring to the states without a waiver is watching the rewrite of NCLB quite closely, and while it would seem that SES will become a thing of the past, the way things are going it might not be passed in time for the 15-16 school year.
According to the L.A Times both the House and Senate have passed fixes to the No Child Left Behind law, the signature educational achievement of the George W. Bush administration, which requires schools to meet strict testing requirements.
But as the chambers try to agree on a solution, lawmakers remain sharply divided over key issues.
The House bill, which would curtail federal standards and permit states to impose their own curricula, did not garner a single Democratic vote, and President Obama has threatened to veto it.
Fifty million children and 3.5 million teachers deserve to get a result, and we should be able to achieve that. – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn)
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, emphasized the need to end the current policy “where Washington’s priorities have outweighed what parents, teachers and local leaders know what is best for their children.” Kline labeled it a “one-size-fits-all approach, which landed many schools in the failing category.”
He will head a committee expected to convene in September to reconcile House and Senate bills. Here’s a look at questions and answers surrounding the legislation:
A committee consisting of members from each chamber will craft a single bill out of the two conflicting measures. Legislators are clear on where they agree and hope to tackle those first.
“There is a lot of work to do in the coming months, and I am confident we will be able to craft a bicameral education bill that reduces the federal role, restores local control, and empowers parents and education leaders,” Kline said.
Kline’s Senate counterpart, Alexander, echoed that. “Fifty million children and 3.5 million teachers deserve to get a result, and we should be able to achieve that.”
So what does this mean to SES providers in the states without a waiver or states that choose to provide SES tutoring? Well for states like Colorado that have a waiver and chose to continue to provide Supplemental Education Services then the No Child Left behind rewrite should continue to allow them to use their Title I funds as they see fit. For the others such as California I predict the demise of SES as soon as the bill is signed into law.
Providers that have not diversified into test prep, private pay tutoring, homework help or sought out other agency contracts need to do so as soon as possible. Private pay tutoring is set to be a $102 billion dollar global industry by 2018 – there is no need to go under with this change.
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