Here is an article that shows that the U.S. spends more on education that most other nations. Quinton Roman Nose, TEDNA’s Executive Director, is interested in seeing a study on tribes to see what is the average expenditure for per tribal student from external (federal and state) funding and internal (tribal nonfederal funds) funding from pre-school to college.
The Student Success Act, H.R. 5, was reported out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 19, 2013. This is the House of Representative’s re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”). Notably, Indian Education, which is in Title VII of the current ESEA, has been removed and replaced into Title I of H.R. 5. Several of the Indian education programs have been removed as well. TEDNA’s preliminary comments are here.
The Strengthening America’s Schools Act (“SASA”), S. 1094, is the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee’s most recent bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”) and was marked up on June 12, 2013. The SASA makes some helpful reforms to education law and policy, but it notably lacks many provisions requested by Indian Country.
TEDNA’s S. 1094 Concerns highlight some of the priorities of TEDNA that were not included in S. 1094.