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Education Reform

The CSMH is committed to enhancing the lives of our nation’s youth by strengthening the policies and programs that relate to school mental health (SMH). The CSMH will use this page to inform SMH stakeholders about current education reform that affect SMH. Please check back for updates.

  • On Feb. 28, 2012, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed two bills reauthorizing portions of ESEA: The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act. Both passed on party line votes of 23-16. The Student Success Act reduces some of the federal mandates of NCLB and gives local and states education departments more autonomy over educational and funding decisions. For example, the Student Success Act proposes to eliminate AYP and allow states to choose improvement strategies for poor performing schools.
  • The Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act also aims to reduce federal mandates and give states and local school districts more flexibleuse of funding. The Act proposes to streamline educational programs and eliminate more than 70 existing elementary and secondary education programs that have not shown evidence of effectiveness. The Act calls for increased parent involvement through the development of Parental Information and ResourceCenters, and more comprehensive teacher evaluations developed with the help of parents, school staff, and administrators.
  • Priorities in a Blueprint for Reform builds on the significant reforms already made in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 around four areas: (1) Improving teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader; (2) Providing information to families to help them evaluate and improve their children's schools, and to educators to help them improve their student's learning; (3) Implementing college-and career-ready standards and developing improved assessments aligned with those standards; and (4) Improving student learning and achievement in America's lowest-performing schools by providing intensive support and effective interventions.