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Kline on Next Steps in K-12 Education

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement today after the committee held a hearing with Acting Secretary of Education John King on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act:

The Every Student Succeeds Act is based on a promise to reduce the federal role and restore state and local control over K-12 education. That’s the promise Congress made, and it’s our responsibility to keep that promise. State and local education leaders are eager to move forward with their own innovative reforms on their own terms, and the Department of Education must be a partner – not a dictator – in those efforts. Today’s hearing reaffirmed congressional intent behind the Every Student Succeeds Act, and we will remain actively engaged in the implementation process to ensure the letter and intent of the law are upheld. We appreciate Dr. King’s candor and his willingness to join us today. I look forward to working with him in the months ahead to help the department get this right so all children can receive the excellent education they deserve.

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