WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Blueprint:
“The Obama Administration’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Blueprint is a significant step toward ensuring that all American children can receive a world-class education. Our nation’s prosperity and economic strength is directly linked to our ability to prepare students to compete in today’s global workforce; we will do that by creating strong state-developed standards and accountability systems. It is important to recognize and reward schools that make real progress in raising student achievement, just as it is important to focus our assistance and attention to effectively turn around the lowest-performing schools. We must, however, remain vigilant to ensure that all schools are working to close the pernicious achievement gap.
“I am pleased that the Administration’s blueprint emphasizes the full-service community school model that I have long supported as an effective way to provide comprehensive services to students and families so that children can reach their full potential. I look forward to working with Secretary Arne Duncan and Chairman George Miller as we move to reauthorize the ESEA.”