STATEMENT: Cynthia Brown on Senate HELP Committee’s Bill to Revise No Child Left Behind
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Democrats introduced a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind.
Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement regarding the Supporting Achievement in Schools Act:
The Supporting Achievement in Schools Act is a common-sense proposal that builds on the lessons that have been learned since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act more than 10 years ago. Importantly, the proposal requires goals and targets for student outcomes and evaluations for teachers to support their professional learning. It also allows for schools and districts to flexibly use federal dollars for expanded learning time, afterschool programming, or summer school. And finally, it closes a loophole that will help improve funding equity for high-poverty schools.
We thank Chairman Tom Harkin for his leadership on this proposal and forward to working with the committee to further improve legislation as it moves forward. We support requiring the use of educator evaluation systems for human resource decisions and incorporating increased learning time as part of comprehensive school improvement efforts.
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