New York, NY—Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the Every Child Achieves Act, a critical step in the bipartisan process to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). New Leaders commends Chairman Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Murray (D-WA), and members of the HELP Committee on this achievement.
We appreciate the strides the bill makes toward improving current law on behalf of our nation’s children and dedicated teachers and school leaders, especially those who serve our highest-need schools. We are thankful that provisions were added to the bill during markup so that it better supports career pathways and professional learning opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, principals, and instructional leadership teams. The bill was also improved to support investments in seeding innovative ideas and scaling successful practices.
As the bill moves forward, we hope the Senate will continue to strengthen important provisions related to state accountability systems, such as those that both support great leaders and also identify struggling schools in need of intervention—especially those with the weakest overall performance and those with large achievement gaps. Given the powerful influence school leaders yield on teacher quality and student learning, we believe a new ESEA should continue to ensure that every principal walks into a school building prepared for his or her job and with the necessary supports to succeed.