Rep. Scott: ESEA Reauthorization Must Support High-Quality Education for All Students

January 12, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s new proposals for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement today, the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the nation’s cornerstone K-12 education law:

“The Elementary and Secondary Education Act remains one of the most significant civil rights achievements of our era. To overcome the achievement gap that still exists between poor and minority children and their more affluent peers, we must stay true to the law's core tenet—that all students, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or disability should have access to a quality education that prepares them for success in college and a career. Having accurate information about student performance, maintaining high standards, supporting teachers and school leaders, preventing students from dropping out, and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline must be our top priorities. Any reauthorization of ESEA must support the needs of all children. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the president on behalf of students nationwide.”

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