Federal Policy Updates

General News:

  • The House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously approved bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5587) to update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The archived webcast of the markup can be viewed here.
  • The bipartisan co-chairs of the House 21st Century Learning Caucus introduced the “4Cs for Careers Act” (HR. 5663) to ensure CTE programs include a focus on communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
  • The House Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation providing $67 billion for the U.S. Department of Education for fiscal year 2017. This amount is $1.3 billion lower than the current fiscal year and $2.4 billion below the President’s budget request. The subcommittee has not yet released the more detailed explanatory report language that accompanies the statutory text, but below are a few of the program funding levels highlighted by the subcommittee:
    • ESSA Title I ($15.3 billion)
    • IDEA State Grants ($12.4 billion)
    • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants ($1 billion)
    • State Assessments ($300 million)
    • Preschool Development State Grants ($250 million)
    • Perkins CTE and Adult Ed/Family Literacy ($1.7 billion)
  • The Tennessee Department of Education selected Questar to create and administer state standardized tests as part of a two-year contract.

Department of Education News:  

  • The Education Department released draft ESSA regulations regarding the law’s innovative assessment pilot and assessments requirements. The Department expects to publish the proposed regulations in the Federal Register on July 11 and public comments must be filed no later thanSeptember 9.
  • The Education Department released a new brief regarding State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education.
  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached settlements with education organizations in seven states and one territory to ensure web site accessibility for people with disabilities.


  • Thursday, July 14 (10am ET) – The Senate HELP committee will host a hearing titled: ESSA Implementation: Perspectives from Education Stakeholders on Proposed Regulations. Witnesses have not yet been announced. The hearing will be live streamed here.


Thanks for SETDA (www.SETDA.org) for providing this information to us.


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