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What's in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for Social Studies? View this webinar to find out in greater detail the social studies provisions included in ESSA and what we need to do next to secure that funding and enable social studies educators to apply.

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July 29, 2015 

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NCSS lobbyist Catriona Macdonald has informed us that Senator Peters’ amendment to allow parent engagement funds to also be used to support financial literacy activities was adopted by voice vote and added to the ESEA bill today on the Senate floor.  This means that, for the first time since 2011, there is a real possibility of continuous, dedicated federal funding for all four of the social studies disciplines. The Senate subsequently moved to final passage, and passed the bill with 81 bipartisan votes.

On April 7, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray unveiled their long-anticipated compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB or ESEA.) The social studies were not 'left behind' in the Senators' bill.

Below is an update from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.

"The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is celebrating an advocacy victory. Governor Kasich has signed the biennium budget and the Ohio Department of Education has confirmed that new Social Studies assessments will be administered to 4th and 6th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These assessments will be electronic, grade-level specific and be aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards for the Social Studies.

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year. Budget cuts forced difficult tradeoffs and even cuts to popular programs. However, it is disappointing that once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics.

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year. Budget cuts forced difficult tradeoffs and even cuts to popular programs. However, it is disappointing that once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics.

Below is a copy of the NCSS letter written to the Virginia House to help urge Virginia to continue their 3rd Grade Socials Studies and Science SOL assessments.

January 27, 2012
 

Honorable Mark L. Dudenhefer Chairman,
Committee on Education
Virginia House of Delegates
 

Dear Mr. Dudenhefer:
 

Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The attached letter was written on behalf of social studies educators in Hawaii to the HI DOE. Educators in Hawaii alerted the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) that they were considerin reducing the number of social studies credits for high school graduation from four to three credits. We urged them not do so.

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