NSBA and National Education Groups Urge Congress to Finish the Job on ESEA Reauthorization This Fall

September 29, 2015

Alexandria, VA (September 29, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and nine other national education groups sent a joint letter urging lawmakers to complete work to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as “No Child Left Behind,” and get a conferenced bill to the President's desk by the end of this year. NSBA continues to work closely with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advocate for a final education bill that underscores the importance of local governance and community ownership, so that our nation’s 90,000 school board members will be better positioned to offer all students a world-class public education.

“Today's collective call to action puts the interests of our nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren first, and shows how important it is for Congress to keep up the momentum and move forward on the long overdue ESEA modernization,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director.

In light of the increasingly congested congressional calendar, the education groups join forces to keep ESEA reauthorization at the forefront of the legislative agenda. The Senate passed its reauthorization bill, Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) in July 2015, the same month the House passed its bill, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The ten education groups are in full agreement that the time is now for Congress to finish the job and craft a bipartisan bill to make educational opportunities for America’s public school students a top priority.

“Our nation’s school boards stand together with educators, principals, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents, and school business officials to call upon Congress to avoid further delay and pass a final bill as soon as possible,” said Gentzel.

While awaiting conference proceedings to begin, NSBA will continue to work with potential conferees to ensure that Congress passes an education bill that reaffirms local governance, invests in Title I programs, and excludes vouchers, tuition tax credits, or other means of authorizing the use of public dollars for private education.

The following national education organizations joined NSBA in sending the letter to Congress: American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, The School Superintendents Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Council of Chief State School Officers, Association of School Business Officials International, National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National PTA and the National Association of State Boards of Education.  To view or download the group’s joint letter, click here.

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