WASHINGTON, D.C. | January 8, 2014
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement on the 12th anniversary of No Child Left Behind:
No Child Left Behind ushered in a new era for the nation’s schools, helping identify student achievement gaps and provide critical data to parents and students. However, schools and students still face significant challenges – challenges that simply cannot be fixed with an arbitrary federal waiver program.
Last July House Republicans advanced legislation that builds upon No Child Left Behind’s strengths while also addressing the law’s shortcomings. The House-passed Student Success Act would ensure parents, educators, and state and local leaders have the tools and flexibility necessary to improve their schools and help put more kids on track for a successful future. But we cannot get a better education law across the finish line without action from the Senate. No Child Left Behind expired more than five years ago, and the Student Success Act has been awaiting Senate consideration for nearly 200 days. Our children deserve better. I call on Senate leaders to recognize the urgent need for education reform and bring comprehensive education legislation up for a vote as soon as possible.
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