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Crush of Education Laws Awaits Renewal in Congress

posted Apr 8, 2013, 9:39 AM by Gary Jones

The 113th Congress, which took office this month, has a long to-do list when it comes to education legislation. Among pending renewals:

• Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: Governs vocational education programs and is the largest federal program for high schools. Last renewed in 2006.

• Child Care and Development Block Grant Act: Governs major child-care grants. Last renewed in 1996.

• Education Sciences Reform Act: Governs the Institute of Education Sciences. Last renewed in 2002.

• Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Governs Title I and other key K-12 education programs. Most recent iteration is the No Child Left Behind Act. Last renewed in 2002.

• Head Start Act: Governs a nearly $8 billion program that offers early-childhood education services to low-income families. Last renewed in 2007.

• Higher Education Act: Governs teacher education programs, as well as student financial aid and college-access programs, including GEAR-UP and TRIO. Last renewed in 2008.

• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Governs special education programs. Last renewed in 2004.

• Workforce Investment Act: Governs job training programs. Last renewed in 1998.