Education Minnesota President Denise Specht released the following statement in reaction to passage by the U.S. Senate of the Every Child Achieves Act, the bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law.
“The failed policies of No Child Left Behind are almost behind us,” Specht said. “Today the Senate took a big step toward reducing high-stakes testing in schools, increasing access to early childhood programs and holding schools accountable for providing programs and services to the students who need them the most.”
“It will take weeks or months for the conference committee to reach a successful compromise that keeps the best elements of the Senate bill, but it is clear Congress has lost its appetite for micromanaging local schools,” Specht said. “Education Minnesota welcomes the opportunity to work with policy-makers and partners in Minnesota to create school environments that prepare every child for a successful life.”
“One disappointment in the bill was the Senate’s failure to adopt Sen. Al Franken’s proposal to legally protect LGBT students from bullying and discrimination in schools,” Specht said. “We will continue to support the senator’s efforts to get this important provision into the final bill.”