AASA and 49 Affiliated State Superintendent Associations Release Joint Letter on ESEA Reauthorization

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Today, AASA and 49 affiliated state superintendent associations sent a joint letter on ESEA reauthorization to the U.S. House and Senate.

In a related statement, AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech said “ESEA expired more than seven years ago. This means that our nation’s K-6 graders have spent every day of their K-12 experience under an outdated and broken law. Our students want and deserve more. We cannot continue to ask our nation’s schools and the students they serve to live under the approach offered by the administration’s waivers. Congress alone can and should address the shortcomings of the current law and the waivers. We (AASA and our state affiliates) are urging Congress to move forward with the very critical work of reauthorizing ESEA. We need legislation that supports state and local innovations that strike the appropriate balance between federal government authority, and state and local autonomy.”

From the letter:

"...Though Congress has been engaged in efforts to reauthorize ESEA for the past seven years, we cannot continue to ask our nation’s schools and the students they serve to live under the patch-work approach offered by the administration’s waivers."

"..Public schools in every corner of America are making remarkable strides in student learning. Individual school districts and schools are developing and innovating ways to improve student outcomes for all students.  ESEA reauthorization always represents an opportunity to breathe new life in to federal education policy, incorporating the latest research and actual experience to improve student outcomes and eliminate achievement gaps.Those efforts are under way: The House has moved its proposal—The Student Success Act (HR 5)—out of committee and is waiting for full floor action. The Senate committee is working through bi-partisan negotiations for a bill that will be marked up in the coming weeks. AASA has endorsed the House bill and is optimistic the Senate draft will make improvements on HR5 and further advance the ESEA reauthorization effort..."

"..We (the undersigned associations) urge Congress to move forward with the very critical work of reauthorizing ESEA and providing all of the nation’s schools with workable federal education policy that supports state and local innovations by striking the appropriate balance between federal government authority and state and local autonomy."


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