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Federal Support of School Choice: Background and Options

Federal Support of School Choice: Background and Options

Date: April 30, 1998
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C & Stedman, James B
Description: None
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Education Vouchers: The Constitutional Standards

Education Vouchers: The Constitutional Standards

Date: June 11, 1998
Creator: Ackerman, David M
Description: The Court’s decisions permit a limited degree of public aid to be provided directly and a broader range of assistance indirectly. This report sketches the constitutional standards that apply to public aid to sectarian schools and especially to programs of indirect assistance such as education vouchers. It also summarizes recent significant state court decisions involving vouchers.
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National Tests: Administration Initiative

National Tests: Administration Initiative

Date: June 16, 1998
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C
Description: None
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Overview of State Charter School Laws

Overview of State Charter School Laws

Date: June 16, 1998
Creator: Jones, Kimberly D
Description: None
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Reading Instruction: New Federal Initiatives

Reading Instruction: New Federal Initiatives

Date: June 29, 1998
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C
Description: None
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Information Technology and Elementary and Secondary Education: Current Status and Federal Support

Information Technology and Elementary and Secondary Education: Current Status and Federal Support

Date: June 9, 2000
Creator: Osorio-O'Dea, Patricia
Description: None
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Class Size Reduction Program: Background and Status

Class Size Reduction Program: Background and Status

Date: July 6, 2000
Creator: Stedman, James B
Description: This report provides an overview of the structure and status of the CSR program, the issues raised about the program, early reports on its implementation, and relevant legislative action by the 106th Congress. It also considers emerging results from the California class size reduction effort, the state effort most closely watched by proponents and opponents of the federal CSR program.
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Elementary and Secondary School Teachers: Action by the 106th Congress

Elementary and Secondary School Teachers: Action by the 106th Congress

Date: August 22, 2000
Creator: Stedman, James B
Description: The quality and quantity of public elementary and secondary school teachers are of increasing concern to the 106th Congress. Although states and localities are responsible for most aspects of teacher preparation, recruitment, and employment, the federal government supports a wide array of programs for teachers. Several of these programs are being considered for amendment and extension by the 106th Congress including the Eisenhower Professional Development program and the Class Size Reduction program. The 106th Congress has before it a wide array of legislative proposals to address teacher issues. Action has occurred on several proposals. This report tracks such action and will be updated as it occurs.
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Head Start: Background and Funding

Head Start: Background and Funding

Date: September 11, 2000
Creator: Butler, Alice & Gish, Melinda
Description: This report examines the history of federal funding for Head Start, which has provided comprehensive early childhood development services to low-income children since 1965.
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The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Date: September 15, 2000
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: Passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-104) codified the long standing policy commitment to ensure universal service in the provision of telecommunications services. The 1996 Act also expanded the concept to include, among other principles, that elementary schools and classrooms, and libraries should have access to telecommunications services for educational purposes at discounted rates. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was tasked with implementing the universal provisions of the Act and on May 7, 1997, adopted its order detailing its guidelines.
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School Facilities Infrastructure: Background and Legislative Proposals in the 106th Congress

School Facilities Infrastructure: Background and Legislative Proposals in the 106th Congress

Date: September 22, 2000
Creator: Boren, Susan
Description: None
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Education Vouchers: Constitutional Issues and Cases

Education Vouchers: Constitutional Issues and Cases

Date: December 19, 2000
Creator: Ackerman, David M
Description: This report details the constitutional standards that currently apply to indirect aid programs and summarizes all of the pertinent state and federal court decisions, including the Ohio case that will be heard by the Supreme Court. On September 25, 2001, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case raising the controversial issue of the constitutionality of education vouchers. In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris the Sixth Circuit held Ohio’s Pilot Scholarship Program, which provided up to $2500 to help low-income students in Cleveland’s public schools attend private schools in the city, to violate the establishment of religion clause of the First Amendment.
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Technology Challenge Programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Technology Challenge Programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Date: January 3, 2001
Creator: Osorio-O'Dea, Patricia
Description: None
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E-Rate for Schools: Background on Telecommunications Discounts Through the Universal Service Fund

E-Rate for Schools: Background on Telecommunications Discounts Through the Universal Service Fund

Date: January 4, 2001
Creator: Stedman, James B & Osorio-O'Dea, Patricia
Description: None
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Education Savings Accounts for Elementary and Secondary Education

Education Savings Accounts for Elementary and Secondary Education

Date: January 5, 2001
Creator: Lyke, Bob & Stedman, James B
Description: The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-16) that President Bush signed on June 7, 2001, includes these changes, effective after 2001. The most prominent issue they raise is whether the federal government should assist families whose children are educated in private schools. Policy questions include what effect such assistance might have on public schools and student performance and whether it would be constitutional. Concerns have also been expressed that the legislation would create compliance problems and is most likely to benefit better-off families. P.L. 107-22 renamed the accounts Coverdell education savings accounts.
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Education for the Disadvantaged: ESEA Title I Allocation Formula Provisions

Education for the Disadvantaged: ESEA Title I Allocation Formula Provisions

Date: January 8, 2001
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C
Description: Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) authorizes federal aid to state and local educational agencies (SEAs, LEAs) for the education of disadvantaged children. Title I grants are used to provide supplementary educational and related services to low-achieving children attending schools with relatively high concentrations of pupils from low-income families. Services may be provided at pre-kindergarten through high school levels. Title I has been the anchor of the ESEA since it was first enacted in 1965, and is the largest federal elementary and secondary education assistance program.
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Information Technology and Elementary and Secondary Education: Current Status and Federal Support

Information Technology and Elementary and Secondary Education: Current Status and Federal Support

Date: January 8, 2001
Creator: Osorio-O'Dea, Patricia
Description: None
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Performance-Based Pay for Teachers

Performance-Based Pay for Teachers

Date: January 11, 2001
Creator: Stedman, James B & McCallion, Gail
Description: None
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Education for the Disadvantaged: ESEA Title I Reauthorization Issues

Education for the Disadvantaged: ESEA Title I Reauthorization Issues

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C
Description: This issue brief covers only Parts A and E of ESEA Title I. Part A of Title I, grants to LEAs, constitutes over 90% of total Title I funding, while Part E authorizes program evaluation and demonstration projects of innovative practices, including the Comprehensive School Reform Program. Other Parts of Title I authorize the Even Start program of joint services to young disadvantaged children and their parents (Part B), plus aid for the education of migrant (Part C) and neglected or delinquent youth (Part D).
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Discipline Legislation in the 106th Congress

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Discipline Legislation in the 106th Congress

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Description: None
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Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries: The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Telecommunications Discounts for Schools and Libraries: The "E-Rate" Program and Controversies

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Elementary and Secondary Education: Reconsideration of the Federal Role by the 107th Congress

Elementary and Secondary Education: Reconsideration of the Federal Role by the 107th Congress

Date: January 24, 2001
Creator: Riddle, Wayne C & Stedman, James B
Description: This issue brief provides an overview of legislation to reauthorize the ESEA, ERDDIA, and NESA. Most of it will focus on the ESEA, since it is much larger in scale. We include a summary review of relevant legislation acted upon during the 106th Congress. This issue brief will be updated regularly to reflect current legislative activity. Other issue briefs and reports, listed at the end of this brief, provide more detailed information on individual programs or types of proposals and analyses of the issues being debated with respect to them.
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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Issues Regarding "Full Funding" of Part B Grants to States

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Issues Regarding "Full Funding" of Part B Grants to States

Date: February 15, 2001
Creator: Apling, Richard N
Description: None
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Bilingual Education: An Overview

Bilingual Education: An Overview

Date: June 7, 2001
Creator: Osorio-O'Dea, Patricia
Description: The U.S. Department of Education(ED) administers the Bilingual Education Act (BEA), the federal education program specifically intended for limited English proficient (LEP) children. The Congress considered several proposals to reauthorize the BEA in the 106th Congress. The 107th Congress has again been considering legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), including the BEA. H.R. 1, the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” was passed by the House on May 23, 2001. S. 1, the “Better Education for Students and Teachers Act” was reported in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and is currently under consideration, as amended by SA358, in the Senate.
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