NSBA Calls on House Leaders to Pass Every Student Succeeds Act

December 1, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (December 1, 2015) – On behalf of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel, today sent a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in support of the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

NSBA applauds the work of the Conference Committee for its bipartisan efforts to modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the steps Congress has taken thus far. School board members are encouraged by the legislation, which clarifies the federal government’s role in education decision making and reaffirms local governance. NSBA believes that this bipartisan legislation will positively affect the educational outcomes of our nation’s 50 million public school students, the performance of our more than 13,000 public school districts, and the success of both our communities and our nation. 

“NSBA welcomes the passage of a modernized and improved education bill that reduces the federal role in public education, and restores local governance and greater flexibility to school boards,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “We are so very close to seeing a new law that addresses both equity and excellence to help our school boards provide the high-quality public education that every student deserves, and we urge lawmakers to remain steadfast in supporting the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

NSBA looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration in addressing the flexibility states and local school districts need to ensure equity and excellence in public education; such as the development of innovative programs that address the unique needs of each school district and respective community, programmatic flexibility and compliance for rural districts, and recruitment and retention of highly effective teachers and leaders.  


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