Hoyer Statement on Obama Administration's Announcement on No Child Left Behind Reform

For Immediate Release:

August 8, 2011

Contact:

Maureen Beach, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama announced that it would take steps to reform No Child Left Behind:

“Today, the Obama Administration announced that it is taking steps to reform No Child Left Behind – a flawed law that is long overdue for reauthorization. Education is critical to our nation’s economic success, which is why the Democrats’ Make It In America agenda prioritizes investments in key areas like education. This plan aims to ensure that our nation has a workforce prepared to succeed in the global economy and that our schools have the resources they need to help our children achieve those goals. This includes maintaining accountability measures to make sure students are truly ready for college and high-paying careers with opportunity for growth; attracting the best and the brightest to the teaching profession, and compensating them appropriately; and providing schools with the tools to help them succeed. Our future as a nation depends on it.

“In the next few weeks, students across the nation will return to school. I am hopeful that partisanship can be put aside in the best interest of those children, and that Democrats and Republicans will come together to revise No Child Left Behind so that we can improve struggling schools, ensure that all our children receive a world-class education, and help our young people and middle class Make It In America.”

###