On May 10th Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) reintroduced the Literacy for Every American Results for the Nation into the Senate (LEARN). Discussions are now focused on how LEARN will become part of the rewriting of the Elementary and Secondary Act in the Senate. In the House, the expectation is that LEARN will be introduced the week of May 23rd.
On May 25th the House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be marking up their first of three to five bills that will constitute their thinking on rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is HR 1891, a measure that will drop 43 programs from the statute. Among the sections to be cut out will be Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy, Reading is Fundamental, the National Writing Project and others.
In the Senate there will be a series of votes on the Senate version of the budget. All of the votes are expected to go down to defeat, including the House version which would cut funding by 18%; and the president's proposal of Feb. 14th. The president's proposal has been replaced with a new set of guidelines.
On May 25th at 8 PM Eastern join Suzanne Clewell, chair of IRA's government relations committee and Richard Long, IRA government relations director in a webinar (see the IRA home page to register) for an update on IRA's government relations program and an update on what is happening in DC that might impact literacy.