AASA Statement: Senate Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – April 17, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today in response to yesterday's unanimous decision by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) to pass the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.

AASA commends the commitment and leadership of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in moving the Senate HELP Committee through the hard work of the bipartisan and comprehensive Every Child Achieves Act. This is a major step towards reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

“Nearly eight years past due, yesterday's unanimous vote took coordination and collaboration across the aisle and throughout the nation. We applaud the entirety of the committee for focusing on the broad goal of completing reauthorization and recognizing the importance of compromise in moving federal education policy that provides all students and schools with relief from the broken, outdated NCLB.

“The Every Child Achieves Act restores the balance between federal, state and local government, returning leadership and decision making to the ground level, which is where education experts implement the law. By swinging the pendulum of federal overreach and prescription back to states, ECAA takes a critical step in acknowledging that federal policymakers are neither best positioned nor experienced in knowing what will work for the nation’s more than 13,000 school districts.

“At a time when Congress has a reputation for being slow in implementing legislation, this vote is a clear demonstration that legislators remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner and understand that bringing any policy to fruition requires both commitment and compromise. This vote was for more than just a single bill; it was for expanding opportunity, education and equity.

“We look forward to working with the Senate to protect the very strong core of ECAA and to ensure that any amendments will strengthen our nation’s public schools. The Senate vote is the boldest bipartisan effort I have seen related to ESEA in my tenure at AASA. We look forward to working with the Senate and their House colleagues to bring ESEA reauthorization to a conclusion in 2015.”

For specific questions about ESEA reauthorization, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.

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