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What They’re Saying: School Leaders Voice Strong Support for Student Success Act

Support continues to grow for the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation the House is currently considering to rewrite the nation’s K-12 education law. As detailed in letters sent to the committee, the Student Success Act will help raise student achievement by restoring  local control, supporting more effective teachers, reducing the federal footprint, and empowering parents:

The Student Success Act begins the long overdue process of improving the federal role in helping public schools improve educational outcomes for low income students. H.R. 5 provides the foundation for innovation in curriculum, instruction, assessment and accountability that are central to improve the lives of low income students through an improved educational foundation.” – American Association of School Administrators

“[The] principle of equitably shared funding and services governed the implementation of ESEA from 1965 until its most recent iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act, when certain funding formulas and set-asides began to erode equity. The provisions in H.R. 5 would help correct those inequities and would strengthen the safeguards designed to ensure equity. “– Council for American Private Education

“States need stability in federal law in order to better plan and implement aggressive statewide education improvements…the Education and the Workforce Committee is responding to state education chiefs’ calls to eliminate hurdles they face under current law and provide the supports they need to be successful.”– Council of Chief State School Officers

“ESEA reauthorization presents an opportunity to encourage innovation and quality growth on a national scale…The Student Success Act takes an important step forward in empowering parents and students to attend a high quality school of their own choosing and eliminates ineffective federal requirements that have done little to improve student outcomes, such as the highly qualified teacher requirements” – National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

H.R. 5 builds on the constructive features of current law and eliminates many of those requirements that have negatively misdirected the federal role…we are particularly appreciative of provisions to restore greater flexibility and governance to local educational agencies. By providing more freedom for states to develop accountability systems based on rigorous standards that are aligned with high quality assessments, students will be better served. “– National School Boards Association

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