WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 24, 2012 -
On Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m., the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will begin a markup of the Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990). The markup will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
When No Child Left Behind was signed into law ten years ago, it fundamentally altered K-12 education in America by shining a spotlight on the performance of individual students and schools. However, there is widespread agreement that some areas of the law have failed to bring about necessary improvement in the nation’s classrooms.
In the first session of the 112th Congress, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held 11 hearings to discuss a better way forward for the elementary and secondary education system. Dozens of state and local education officials offered their thoughts on the challenges facing states and school districts across the country. Time and time again, these experts shared their frustration with current law’s overly-prescriptive accountability mandates, rigid teacher quality provisions, and restrictive funding schemes.
In response, Chairman Kline introduced two pieces of legislation designed to chart a new way forward for K-12 education. The Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990) are designed to enhance school accountability, improve flexibility, and support more effective teachers in the classroom.
To learn more about this markup, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/markups.
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