This past week, the House Education and Workforce Committee approved two bipartisan education bills, one addressing charter schools and the other addressing research.
The first bill, titled the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charters Act, passed easily by a vote of 36-3. The bill is aimed at creating more high-quality charters and encouraging them to serve English-language learners and students with disabilities.
The second bill, titled the Strengthening Education through Research Act, was a re-authorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act and passed easily by voice vote. The bill is aimed at making education research more timely and accessible.
To learn more about the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, click here: http://edworkforce.house.gov/qualitycharters/
To read the text of the bill, click here: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr_10_messer_ans.pdf
To learn more about the Strengthening Education through Research Act, click here: http://edworkforce.house.gov/educationresearch/default.aspx
To read the text of this bill, click here: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr_4366_rokita_ans.pdf
For further reading, see this article from Edweek: Bipartisan Charter, Research Bills Sail Through House Education Committee
Shannon Kelly, Director of Advocacy, April 11, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)