|NCLB Overhaul One Step Away from Official|
|posted by: Alana | December 10, 2015, 11:36 AM|
After passing in the U.S. House on December 2nd by a vote of 359-64, the U.S. Senate today officially passed the buck on the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) to President Obama’s desk by a vote of 85-12, where it awaits final approval.
AAE couldn’t agree more with the Center for Education Reform founder and President-Emeritus, Jeanne Allen in saying, “Other than among vested interest groups, there is universal agreement that the best and most useful federal role respects states’ authority to manage and innovate, provides incentives for states to produce and share best practices through legislation, penalizes those who neglect their responsibilities by withholding funds from those who fail, and shines a spotlight on those who succeed.”
AAE surveys maintain year after year that local control is critical to advancing a system that works for all stakeholders. We’re encouraged by recent developments and we’re hopeful that this approach will promote flexibility, accountability, and a focus on local control.
While the new law is far from perfect, its focus on accountability and demanding results for students is vital. We must balance the realities of overtesting with a system that properly allocates resources to schools and students in need.
We’re excited about the promise that the new ESSA brings to the field of education, and we look forward to working with thought leaders in Congress to continue moving the pendulum forward for the teaching profession.
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