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NSBA Commends Senate for Promising Steps Toward Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

July 13, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (July 13, 2015)  -- As Senate floor proceedings to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue into a second week, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is paying close attention to several issues of keen interest to America’s school boards. NSBA urges lawmakers to include provisions that reverse unnecessary federal intrusion and strengthen local governance, and oppose vouchers or any amendments that would divert federal dollars away from public schools.

In today’s opening remarks on the Senate floor, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, urged his colleagues to support  Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, calling for a clear and compelling result in the form of “…a bill that crosses the President’s desk.” The Senate approved an amendment, sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), which would establish a committee to study student data privacy. Senator Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) amendment, approved by voice vote, would help ensure that students are ready for postsecondary education and the workforce by encouraging states to incorporate career readiness indicators into their state accountability systems.

“We applaud Congress for its clear resolve to rewrite No Child Left Behind and achieve a modernized version of the education law,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Strong local governance is key to advancing student achievement and ensuring that school boards are able to act in the best interests of students, parents, and local communities.”

As this historic reauthorization process moves closer to final passage, NSBA will advocate to achieve a modern ESEA that provides our nation’s 50 million public school students access to a high-quality education.

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.nsba.org

Continue to follow @NSBAComm for live updates of further Senate floor activities.

Editor’s Note: NSBA has developed a set of resources to safeguard student privacy while optimizing technology to improve student achievement and competiveness. This tailored list of legal and federal advocacy resources includes: a guide for school board members; a Q&A co-authored by NSBA’s Center for Public Education and the Data Quality Campaign; and a Phi Delta Kappa magazine article that offers insight on student data privacy efforts as of February 2015.

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