Federal Relations

January 28, 2015

Senate HELP Committee Approves Education Research Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved S227, the Strengthening Educational through Research Act, which would reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ERSA). A nearly identical measure was passed by the full House and the Senate HELP Committee last year but, unfortunately, was not considered by the full Senate for approval to be sent to the President for signature into law.

ERSA authorizes funding for the research activities of the Department of Education, including the Institute for Education Sciences. The measure helps improve the quality of education research in the US and make research more relevant and usable for teachers, principals, school districts and states. The bill would authorize ERSA programs through 2021.

For more information, a copy of the legislation is here.