NSBA Letter to Senate HELP Committee Prior to Mark-Up of the Every Child Achieves Act

Monday, April 13, 2015
Federal Advocacy Resources

In this letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel applauds the Committee's bipartisan effort to modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through its introduction of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). In advance of the Committee's mark-up of the bill, the letter outlines NSBA's priorities. These are measures NSBA believes will allow school districts throughout the country to have the flexibility they need to successfully address the educational challenges faced in school board members' local communities. These priorities include strong local governance, the exclusion of Title I portability provisions and the inclusion of maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions, as well as full federal investments in Title I. Mr. Gentzel closes the letter by urging Committee members to oppose any proposals supporting vouchers or tuition tax credits to non-public schools.

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