***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Secretary King to Testify Before Committee on ESSA Implementation
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2016
On Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Next Steps for K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Part of the committee’s ongoing oversight of the implementation of the law that has replaced the failed No Child Left Behind, the hearing will include testimony from Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., as well as state and local education leaders. The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Upon announcing the hearing, Chairman Kline said:
With the Every Student Succeeds Act, members on both sides of the aisle came together to give control of K-12 education back to state and local leaders. What the department is doing through the rulemaking process to undermine this bipartisan law is deeply concerning. We are determined to hold the administration accountable and make certain the law is implemented in a manner that adheres to the letter and intent of the law. This hearing is a part of that important effort.
In December, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act became law, reducing the federal role and restoring local control of K-12 education. The Department of Education has begun implementing a number of provisions in the law, including those related to accountability and the long-standing requirement that federal funds supplement—not supplant—state and local funds. Congressional leaders have raised concerns about the department’s regulatory actions. This hearing will provide members an opportunity to discuss with Secretary King, as well as state and local education leaders, the department’s implementation efforts and the need to ensure the Every Student Succeeds Act is implemented according to the letter and intent of the law.
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