Washington, D.C.– The members of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Governors’ Council, former governors Mike Beebe (D-AR), Jim Douglas (R-VT), Christine Gregoire (D-WA), Linda Lingle (R-HI) and Sonny Perdue (R-GA), issued the following statement after the passage of the Senate education reform bill by a vote of 81-17 this afternoon:
“We congratulate Senate HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for successfully steering their legislation, S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, through the Senate. The legislation’s final vote of 81-17 is validation of the hard work and bipartisan spirit that they put into the bill.
“We also would like to thank Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) for their amendment, which passed by voice vote, to provide the governor and chief state school officer with joint sign-off on the state education plan. Governors oversee their states’ pre-k programs, university and workforce systems. In order to create a seamless system from pre-K through employment, governors need some oversight of the elementary and secondary education system.”
KEYWORDS: CHRISTINE GREGOIRE, DEAN HELLER, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT, JIM DOUGLAS, JOE MANCHIN, LAMAR ALEXANDER, LINDA LINGLE, MIKE BEEBE, NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, PATTY MURRAY, SONNY PERDUE