Melissa Mellor

ASCD Responds to the House's First ESEA Bill

Late last week Rep. Hunter introduced the first in a series of House bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill eliminates 43 K–12 education programs in an effort to reduce federal education funding and address the problem of duplicative programs.

ASCD released an official statement about the bill, in which Director of Public Policy David Griffith expressed concern that the eliminated programs disproportionately affect a whole child approach to education.

"Eliminating programs that support physical education, arts education, school counselors, school leadership, and the Teaching American History program [among others] indicates that these important activities that promote healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged students are no longer a federal priority," Griffith said.

Ultimately, the bill saves $1.13 billion compared to FY10 education funding, but only $413 million compared to the final FY11 appropriation amounts.

Below is a full list of the 43 programs Rep. Hunter proposes to eliminate. Read the House bill summary, which includes justification for each program's elimination.

Programs Already Defunded in the FY11 Funding Bill

  • Even Start Family Literacy Program
  • Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed-Tech) state grants
  • Striving Readers
  • National Writing Project
  • Smaller Learning Communities
  • Improving Literacy Through School Libraries
  • Improve Mental Health of Children, Mental Health Integration in Schools grants
  • Improve Mental Health of Children, Foundations for Learning
  • Close Up Fellowship Program
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Advanced Credentialing
  • Reading Is Fundamental
  • Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Whaling Partners
  • Women's Educational Equity
  • Parental Information and Resource Centers
  • Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

Programs Consolidated or Eliminated in the President's FY12 Budget Request

  • School Leadership Program
  • Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse
  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
  • Teaching American History

Programs Not Recently Funded

  • Mentoring Program
  • Comprehensive School Reform
  • Ready to Teach Grant Program
  • Community Technology Centers
  • Bilingual and Emergency Immigrant Education Program
  • Star Schools
  • Early Reading First
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities State Grants
  • Partnerships in Character Education
  • Early Childhood Educator Professional Development

Programs That Have Never Been Funded

  • Healthy, High-Performance Schools
  • Combating Domestic Violence
  • Improving Language Instruction Educational Programs
  • Teacher Mobility
  • Additional Assistance for LEAs Impacted by Federal Property Acquisition

Programs Deemed Duplicative or Inappropriate for the Federal Government

  • Native Hawaiian Education
  • Alaska Native Education Equity
  • Foreign Language Assistance Program
  • Carol M. White Physical Education Program
  • Arts in Education
  • High School Graduation Initiative
  • Special Education Teacher Training
  • Ready to Learn Television
  • Excellence in Economic Education


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