[NHDOE-ETNews] Senate Action on Every Child Achieves Act Should be Completed by Thursday

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed Jul 15 08:37:16 EDT 2015

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ITEM:  Senate Action on Every Child Achieves Act Should be Completed by Thursday

The Senate resumed debate of the Every Child Achieves Act yesterday. The three hour debate included remarks by several Senators focused on a range of issues, including protecting student data privacy (Senators Hatch (R-UT), Daines (R-UT), Blumenthal (D-CT)), requiring bullying and harassment prevention strategies (Senators Franken (D-MN), Baldwin (D-WI)), and ensuring state and local leadership over standards (Roberts (R-KS)).

Before adjourning for the day, the Senate approved two amendments:

*         Senators Hatch (R-UT)-Markey (D-MA) (#2080) establishing a commission to study student data privacy matters (89-0);

*         Senator Kaine (D-VA) (#2118) encouraging the use of career readiness indicators in state accountability systems (Voice Vote).

Majority Leader McConnell filed a procedural motion (a "cloture motion") today to limit further debate on the bill. As a result, all first degree amendment must be filed by 2:30 Tuesday. The Senate will vote on the Majority Leader's motion early Wednesday.  The Senate is expected to approve the motion (60 votes), which will require Senators to withdraw all non-germane amendments and limit additional debate to no more than a total of 30 hours. Therefore, the Senate should complete action on the bill Thursday afternoon.

Debate will resume today, Tuesday at 10:00 AM. Two bills that still may be considered are the King-Capitol broadband proposal and the Hatch-Markey privacy amendment.

You can watch the proceedings here: http://www.senate.gov/floor/

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