Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Superintendent Luna to Testify Before Congress Thursday

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna will testify Thursday before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on two bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The House Education and the Workforce Committee is currently considering legislation to reauthorize ESEA, more commonly referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. 

As Idaho’s State Superintendent and President of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Superintendent Luna has played a critical role in encouraging Congress to reauthorize No Child Left Behind and in shaping reauthorization legislation. He testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in November.

Superintendent Luna will testify before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee at 10 a.m. ET (8 a.m. MT) on Thursday, February 16 during the Committee’s hearing on the “Student Success Act” and “Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act,” two bills to reauthorize No Child Left Behind. The hearing will be streamed live online.

Idaho is still applying for a waiver from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind. Until Congress takes action and reauthorizes the full law, the state will use a waiver to implement a new system of increased accountability that uses multiple measures to rate school performance, including academic growth.

Idaho’s waiver application will go before the Idaho State Board of Education on Wednesday and then be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education before February 21.

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