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Other Programs (OP)
NCLB Reauthorization

To better inform the national debate on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization, ECS collected and synthesized recommendations by national organizations to improve the federal law.

ECS' database is organized around 16 issue areas that captured most recommendations. Some organizations did not offer recommendations for all issues, at least according to our analysis. And several recommendations appear more than once since they applied to multiple issue areas.

The summary and full text of all organizations' original recommendations for Other Programs (OP) are listed in this report. Please see the main page for additional reports and sources for the database.

Highlights
(See Abbreviation Key at end of table)

Organizations that addressed this issue6 of 15
Comm. NCLB; Ed Trust; NAESP; NASBE; NEA; and NGA

Organizations that did not address this issue: 9 of 15
AASA; AFT; BCSA; CCSSO; ECS; FEA; NASSP; NCSL; and NSBA

Comments
The Other Programs category includes recommendations related to after-school programs, class size reduction, health and nutrition, parental involvement, school facilities, student services and support personnel, and technology and distance learning. Of note was the focus on meeting the multiple needs of students to help their academic performance.


Visit ECS' Database on NCLB Reauthorization main page for more information, explanations and access to organizations' original reports. Please note that ECS plans to expand the database as more information becomes available.

Database Last Updated: July 2007

This database was created and compiled by Mary Fulton, ECS policy analyst.
For questions and comments: 303.299.3679 or mfulton@ecs.org

NCLB Reauthorization : American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations found for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Commission on No Child Left Behind (Comm. NCLB)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require schools to determine availability of social and mental health services when developing improvement plans.
OP 1 - Full Recommendation Address students’ behavioral and social needs by requiring schools to determine the availability of social services and mental health services when developing the school’s improvement plan.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Trust (Ed Trust)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide new tools for parents to become more engaged in their children's education, including: access to additional school data, decision making role in use of SES funds and the ability to enforce their rights under NCLB.
OP 1 - Full Recommendation

Provide new tools for parents to become more engaged in their children's education. Under the Education Trust's recommendations, parents would:

  • Have access to important and additional data on funding patterns, teacher distribution patterns and high school graduation patterns.
  • Participate in school level decision making about the use of supplemental education services (SES) funds by voting on whether to use the funds for tutoring services or expanded instruction.
  • Have a private right of action to enforce their rights under NCLB if their students attend Title I schools.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide funds for coordinated state services to address "non-school" factors that affect student learning.
OP 1 - Full Recommendation Include provisions and authorize a separate funding stream in NCLB to help states develop systems of coordinated services among social service agencies designed to ensure that students are ready and able to learn. Such systems should address factors that affect students' ability to learn and thrive. 
OP 2 - Summary of Recommendation Assist states with providing student service personnel, such as counselors and health care professionals.
OP 2 - Full Recommendation Assist states in providing each public school with full-time counselors, appropriate administrative support, health care professionals and other student services personnel.
OP 3 - Summary of Recommendation Include provisions for high-quality after-school programs.
OP 3 - Full Recommendation NCLB should include provisions for high-quality after-school programs that offer a variety of activities and academic assistance.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide federal funds for school construction and renovation.
OP 1 - Full Recommendation Allocate federal funds to help states and local school districts rebuild their education infrastructure and leverage additional local spending on school construction and renovation. Such funding is necessary because there is a national crisis regarding the physical condition of schools and the need for new construction.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Education Association (NEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation Restore Class Size Reduction program to provide class size of 15 students.
OP 1 - Full Recommendation Restore the Class Size Reduction program that existed prior to NCLB to provide an optimum class size of 15 students.
OP 2 - Summary of Recommendation Provide grants and tax subsidies for school building upgrades for smaller classes.
OP 2 - Full Recommendation Provide schools with federal support -- through both direct grants and tax subsidies -- for school modernization to accommodate smaller classes.
OP 3 - Summary of Recommendation Provide hard-to-staff schools with sufficient, well-trained administrators and support professionals.
OP 3 - Full Recommendation Provide hard-to-staff schools with an adequate number of well-trained administrators and support professionals, including paraeducators, counselors, social workers, school nurses, psychologists and clerical support.
OP 4 - Summary of Recommendation Encourage school-parent compacts that list involvement expectations and opportunities.
OP 4 - Full Recommendation Provide programs that encourage school-parent compacts that provide a clearly defined list of parental expectations and opportunities.
OP 5 - Summary of Recommendation Provide programs and resources to make schools hub of communities.
OP 5 - Full Recommendation Provide programs and resources to assist in making schools the hub of the community.
OP 6 - Summary of Recommendation Expand funding for Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) program.
OP 6 - Full Recommendation Expand funding for the Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) program in ESEA.
OP 7 - Summary of Recommendation Include effective parental communication and engagement strategies in teacher professional development.
OP 7 - Full Recommendation Include training in the skills and knowledge needed for effective parental and family communication and engagement strategies as part of teacher professional development.
OP 8 - Summary of Recommendation Create employer incentives or requirements allowing parents to participate in school activities.
OP 8 - Full Recommendation Provide incentives or require employers to provide parents a reasonable amount of leave to participate in their children's school activities.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Governors Association (NGA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation Continue investing in programs, such as assistive technology and E-Rate, that support 21st century skills attainment.
OP 1 - Full Recommendation Continue investing in critical programs -- including, but not limited to, Title V, assistive technology and E-Rate --that support teacher and student mastery of 21st century skills.
OP 2 - Summary of Recommendation Support distance learning and provide state technical assistance to expand such programs. 
OP 2 - Full Recommendation Support distance learning programs and provide enhanced technical assistance to state education departments in the development, deployment and expansion of distance learning programs essential for academic subjects, advanced placement coursework and technical training.
OP 3 - Summary of Recommendation Support continued funding of student and family literacy initiatives.
OP 3 - Full Recommendation Support continued funding of student and family literacy initiatives. Governors believe that literacy programs such as Reading First are important components of comprehensive literacy services.
OP 4 - Summary of Recommendation Allow states to use federal funds for parent involvement in schools and in collaboration with other agencies.
OP 4 - Full Recommendation Allow states to use federal funds to encourage and expand the work of schools through programs designed to support parents as their child's first teacher and to further parents' participation in their children's education while also promoting collaboration with other programs and agencies that support parent involvement.
OP 5 - Summary of Recommendation Support state efforts that promote healthy and nutritional school programs, and give states flexibility to coordinate human services to meet students' multiple needs.

 
OP 5 - Full Recommendation Support states in promoting healthy schools through voluntary child nutrition in school meals and classes; physical activity; and partnerships among schools, families and the community on school health and wellness initiatives.

Governors also support fresh fruit and vegetable programs for school meals. In addition, many states have realigned their human services delivery systems to ensure that young children come to school ready to learn and that these children's health and emotional needs are being met so they can focus on learning. Federal education programs, including opportunities for waivers from existing regulations, should give states the option to coordinate human services delivery systems.
OP 6 - Summary of Recommendation Continue adequate funding for Impact Aid to avoid unfunded mandate on states/districts.
OP 6 - Full Recommendation Continue federal funding for impact aid. Any reduction in the federal government's commitment to impact aid would result in an unfunded mandate on states and local school districts.
OP 7 - Summary of Recommendation Support and expand school construction bond program to upgrade and modernize educational facilities.
OP 7 - Full Recommendation Support school construction through the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program and expand its use to new construction so that states may continue to upgrade and modernize educational facilities. The federal government also should ensure that the annual authorized limit on the federal tax credit is sufficient to meet states' needs.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)


Abbreviation Key for Organizations
AASA = American Association of School Administrators
AFT = American Federation of Teachers
BCSA = Business Coalition for Student Achievement
Comm. NCLB = Commission on No Child Left Behind
CCSSO = Council of Chief State School Officers
ECS = Education Commission of the States
Ed Trust = Education Trust
FEA = Forum on Educational Accountability
NAESP = National Association of Elementary School Principals
NASBE = National Association of State Boards of Education
NASSP = National Association of Secondary School Principals
NCSL = National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA = National Education Association
NGA = National Governors Association
NSBA = National School Boards Association


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