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NSBA lauds House action on ESEA reauthorization

NSBA is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.

The Student Success Act, which passed on a 221-207 vote, includes key elements of NSBA's proposed legislation, the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act, H.R. 1386, designed to provide more local school district flexibility.

“The Student Success Act provides states and local educational agencies with the flexibility they need to create and implement innovative approaches to improve academic performance to prepare all students for post-secondary education or the workplace,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel.

“School boards are pleased that the bill focuses on specifically ensuring that the U.S. Department of Education does not encroach on local school board governance.”

The bill also includes a Title I portability amendment that would require school districts to reallocate Title I funds on a per-pupil basis and set up a system of public school choice. NSBA opposed that provision, which along with funding concerns within the House bill, will be addressed after the U.S. Senate passes its ESEA bill, and both the House and Senate ESEA bill goes to conference.

 

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