- The U.S. House of Representatives voted today (Thursday May 4) to approve a bill to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act (a/k/a “Obamacare”) with new legislation known as the American Health Care Act (ACHA). The measure was passed on a 217-213 vote.
Among other things, the ACHA would make profound changes to the state-federal partnership program known as Medicaid or Medical Assistance, including reducing by $880 billion over the next 10 years the amount of Medicaid dollars the federal government sends to states. These changes would significantly impact the ability of students with disabilities and students in poverty to receive critically necessary health services in public schools. The changes would require schools to compete for limited Medicaid funding, which would likely result in arbitrary caps on the amount of Medicaid reimbursements made to public schools.
Continue reading U.S. House Passes Obamacare Repeal Bill, Deep Cuts to Medicaid Will Impact Special Education
Federal Judge Amos Mazzant, of the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction Nov. 22 that delays implementation of a regulation set to take effect next week, on Dec. 1, that would raise the salary threshold under which many workers qualify for overtime. The injunction will remain in place while the Court determines the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority to impose the rule and the rule’s validity.
Under the new standard most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year must receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. That’s more than double the current salary threshold for overtime eligibility of $23,660. There are concerns that this 100% increase in the salary threshold and the accelerated implementation of the requirement exceeds the fiscal capacity of many school districts. Continue reading Court Blocks New Federal Overtime Rule
Between now and August 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is collecting input from stakeholders, including school board members, on the educational and technical assistance needs of states and school districts in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The input you and other school leaders provide through will form the basis of recommendations on how those needs can most effectively be met.
To collect this input and formulate recommendations to the Secretary, the USED has established 10 Regional Advisory Committees (RACs). (Asta Sepetys, Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School Principal has been named to the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee. Please see her message to stakeholders below.) Continue reading U.S. Education Department Seeks Feedback on Schools’ Needs for Educational and Technical Assistance
From the National School Boards Association (NSBA):
History has been made this afternoon as the U.S. Senate successfully voted on and passed S. 1177, the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). S. 1177 just passed by a roll call vote of 81-17. NSBA outlined its top priorities in a July 6 letter to the Senate, 1) reaffirming local-level decision making in public education and 2) opposing any proposals supporting vouchers or tuition tax credits to non-public schools. NSBA accomplished both of these priorities and applauds the continued momentum on ESEA re-authorization. Thank you for responding to our call to action today to urge final passage of S. 1177. Continue reading ESEA Modernization Bill Passes the U.S. Senate
Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have announced that the U.S. Senate will take up their bipartisan agreement to fix No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, July 7. The Senators said in a press release that they look forward to an open debate on the Every Child Achieves Act (the Senate version of the ESEA modernization bill), which passed unanimously out of committee in April. Continue reading U.S. Senate to Begin Debate on Modernization of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on Tuesday, July 7
U. S. Senate floor action on the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, the Senate version of a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), may begin as early as the week of June 22. Although a vigorous floor debate is expected, S. 1177 passed out of committee by a unanimous, bipartisan vote. The current version of the ESEA is commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Continue reading Floor Debate On Reauthorization of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) May Begin Soon