No Child Left Behind stifled innovation at every level, from the state to the classroom, in a mad rush to achieve the unachievable.
The legislation’s final vote of 81-17 is validation of the hard work and bipartisan spirit that Senators Alexander and Murray put into the bill.
The members of BPC’s Governors’ Council released statements as the Senate begins debate on its Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill.
If Congress does not act now to reform and reauthorize ESEA, it could be years before such political will exists again.
The next ESEA must include a recognized role for governors, who are in the unique position of bringing stakeholders into the discourse on elementary secondary education.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are working to find bipartisan consensus on the nation’s federal education policy.