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ESEA Reauthorization Hearings

ESEA Reauthorization Hearings Cover a Range of Critical Topics

During a three-month period from March through May 2010, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) conducted a series of eight hearings and roundtable discussions to explore specific topics related to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Almost every hearing featured a variety of education stakeholders including students, teachers, principals, district leaders, researchers, and leaders from business and nonprofit organizations.

Each speaker’s remarks focused on his or her organization’s work and the lessons learned through its efforts to improve our nation’s schools. Many speakers offered specific recommendations for the ESEA reauthorization. Although each hearing concentrated on a particular theme, it is no surprise that many individual testimonies covered multiple issues such as a focus on teachers and leaders and the use of data to improve instruction. This natural convergence of common themes stresses integration of programs and approaches and shows flexibility in the use of funds.

One area in which policymakers are clearly struggling is the topic of meeting the needs of students and schools in rural communities. In the Great Lakes West region, there are large rural communities where many initiatives and approaches are working successfully. We encourage you to share with us any successful strategies you and your education leaders are employing in your states.

Following are the topics listed for each hearing with a link to the HELP Committee’s Web page where you can watch a recording of the hearing or download a particular speaker’s testimony. In addition, a Key Remarks page is provided for each hearing, which highlights particular quotes from each speaker to help you identify which testimonies you may wish to read in their entirety.

Date of the Hearing Topic Selected Statements Full Hearing

March 9, 2010: The Importance of World-Class K–12 Education for Our Economic Success 
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies

March 17, 2010: The Obama Administration’s Reauthorization Priorities
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimony and video

April 13, 2010: School Turnaround
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies and video

April 15, 2010: Teachers and Leaders
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies and video

April 22, 2010: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies and video

April 28, 2010: Standards and Assessments
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies and video

April 29, 2010: Meeting the Needs of Special Populations
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies and video

May 4, 2010: Improving America’s Secondary Schools
Key Remarks (PDF)
Full testimonies and video