WASHINGTON – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced that the bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act passed out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 15 to 7. The legislation, which overhauls the No Child Left Behind Act, will now be sent to the full Senate for consideration.
“Tonight is a victory – both for our nation’s children and for bipartisanship. After more than two years of hearings, debate, and negotiations, the HELP Committee has come together in a bipartisan way to approve comprehensive legislation to improve education for our nation’s children. This bill will ensure that students graduate from school ready for college and careers and focus federal resources where they will be most effective. It will replace punitive sanctions and labels with supports for teaching and learning, increase flexibility for innovation on the local level, and distribute resources equitably to ensure a top-notch education for every American student,” said Senator Harkin.
“Like any major piece of legislation, this bill is not perfect, but it is an important step forward for America’s children. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and education experts to build on this strong foundation and improve this bill when it is considered by the Full Senate.”
The Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act will:
Fix the one-size-fits-all approach created by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Help ensure that every student graduates from high school ready for college and a career.
Support great teachers and principals, and ensure that all children receive the best instruction.
Focus the federal government’s role on the things it does best, while giving states and communities the flexibility they need to address the unique needs of their students and schools.