NSBA urges U.S. Senate action on ESEA

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) urged leadership of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in the U.S. Senate to move the reauthorizion the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bill to the Senate floor a vote. NSBA's letter noted that "only then can differences between the House and Senate proposals be harmonized, and a comprehensiveoverhaul and reauthorization of ESEA go to the President for his signature and become law." 

The Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted out of committee its version of an ESEA reauthorization bill (H.R. 5) on June 19, 2013. A month later, an amended, final version of H.R. 5 was passed on the House floor. While in the U.S. Senate, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions marked-up and voted out the Senate’s version of an ESEA reauthorization, the Strengthening America’s Schools (S. 1094) in 2013, yet the Senate has taken no further action to advance this important legislation.

"Absent additional action, local school boards across the nation will continue to be significantly impacted when seeking to materially advance elementary and secondary educational services to all of our public schoolchildren, particularly our students with disabilities and our students who live in poverty," the letter stated. "Local school board members are cognizant that regulatory changes offered by the U.S. Secretary of Education  have addressed a number of the flaws existing in our nation’s education law; however, regulatory relief is neither a substitute for a badly needed reauthorization nor is it the panacea our children need to achieve success." 

Read the full letter.



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