National Education Groups Urge Congress To Get ESEA Done

Janet Bass|

 James Minichello

WASHINGTON—Nov. 2, 2015—It’s time for Congress to finish the job of revising No Child Left Behind and not let another school year go by under the old law, 10 education organizations say in a  digital advertising campaign to begin today. 

 Collectively, the national organizations represent millions of educators, principals, school boards, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents and PTAs, and school business officials.

 The House and Senate passed versions of a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but differences must still be worked out by a conference committee, whose members have not been chosen yet.

 The weeklong digital ad campaign will begin today and include ads on Facebook, Twitter and Politico as well as web display ads, targeting congressional members and staff and Washington influencers.

 Copy from the ad:

 “Please pass a final bill that focuses on opportunity for all students, no matter their ZIP code. Great progress has already been made on this legislation. We can’t let it slip away. Our students cannot wait any longer for a revised law.”

 Quotes from coalition leaders:

 Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers: “The time is now to fix the federal education law to end the testing fixation and maintain a federal commitment to opportunity for all, particularly high-needs, low-income students. Congress has shown it can do a budget. Now is the time to do what the public wants, the president has acknowledged and parents and educators have known for a long time—that we must meet the needs of students by fixing the education law.”

 Lily Eskelsen García, president, National Education Association: “If Congress is serious about every child’s bright future, let’s get serious about putting kids first. Now is the time to finish the job and deliver a bipartisan education bill to the president’s desk right away. Students can’t afford to live another year under the failed No Child Left Behind law.”

 Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association: “ESEA reauthorization represents an opportunity to breathe new life into our school districts and the students they serve. We look forward to Congress moving ahead with the critical work of reauthorizing ESEA and providing all of the nation’s schools with workable federal education policy that supports state and local innovations. Our students want and deserve more. Let’s put kids first.”


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