Washington, D.C.– The members of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Governors’ Council – former governors Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Jim Douglas of Vermont, Christine Gregoire of Washington, Linda Lingle of Hawaii and Sonny Perdue of Georgia – today released the following statement applauding bipartisan progress in the Senate on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):
“We appreciate the leadership of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to find bipartisan consensus on the nation’s federal education policy. We are also pleased to join with the National Governors Association (NGA) and National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in calling for ESEA reform that creates more opportunities for governors to ensure that K-12 programs are better integrated into the overall educational landscape.
“As governors, we worked to ensure that high-quality opportunities to learn began with early childhood education, continued through postsecondary education and into the workforce. Governors are uniquely situated to accelerate education reform in their states and align ESEA with state policies to better serve all children. The next ESEA must include a recognized role for governors to bring these education stakeholders into the ESEA conversation in order to increase school readiness and ensure every student is ready for college and career.
“The NGA and NCSL plan released last month offers a blueprint for improving ESEA’s governance structure, breaking down the silos that currently limit the law’s potential in states, and allowing for more collaboration. We are proud to support these recommendations.”