Statement on Passage of Every Child Achieves Act from L.A. Unified Board President Steve Zimmer and Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines

We would like to applaud the bipartisan effort of the U.S. Senate, which cleared a major hurdle today by ending debate and voting to pass the Every Child Achieves Act, (S.1177). We would especially like to thank Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for their strong leadership in moving this bill through the Senate. The passage of this compromise bill is a major step in overhauling the long-overdue Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Though not perfect, this Senate bill reflects positive progress toward fixing the punitive accountability standards under the No Child Left Behind Act. It also moves our national education system toward a structure that provides more control for states and local school districts, while preserving reasonable federal accountability parameters with increased transparency.

We do continue to have serious concerns with the House’s Student Success Act (H.R. 5), and hope the harmful provisions will be resolved during conference committee. We strongly urge that any final conferenced bill not include the harmful Title I ‘Portability’ provision that is included the House bill.

Today’s action shows that our federal government can overcome the disagreement and gridlock that regularly affects Congress and, instead, work together to pass a bill with broad consensus. While this vote is a major step in the right direction, we urge Congress to provide the resources needed to assist L.A. Unified and school districts throughout the country to effectively implement a reauthorized education act, allowing us to continue our work of helping all students succeed.
 

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