Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Favor of the Every Student Succeeds Act
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in favor of the Conference Report on the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) – which replaces No Child Left Behind and improves K-12 education in the United States.
“Today Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle were able to come together in a bipartisan way to finally put an end to the broken and dysfunctional No Child Left Behind, and replace it with commonsense provisions that make great strides to improve education in the United States. This legislation ensures our young people are getting the education they deserve by working to close achievement gaps, reducing the unfair over reliance on standardized testing, and giving teachers and schools the resources they need,” said Congressman Ryan. “I am proud that this legislation includes language that will help expand and make the teaching of social and emotional learning more effective. As we have seen in my District social and emotional learning helps increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education and I am glad that this legislation continues to advance this important cause.”
Congressman Ryan first introduced the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act in 2011. This legislation defines social and emotional learning (SEL) and allows funding for teacher and principal training and professional development to be used in social and emotional learning programming. He worked with the Education and Workforce Committee to get this language in the bill.
“Further, this legislation strengthens the accountability and transparency within the charter school program, including language from the Charter School Accountability Act – which I introduced earlier this year to promote the need to solicit and consider input from the parents and community before the implementation of a charter school,” added Congressman Ryan.
Congressman Ryan introduced the Charter School Accountability Act in October of 2015 to increase the amount of accountability, transparency, and community involvement in Ohio’s charter schools and help ensure a high-quality education for every child. This legislation was in response to a July of 2015 incident in which the executive director of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Quality School Choice and the Office of Community Schools, resigned after admitting to deliberately leaving out failing grades of online charter schools. Despite these allegations, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) awarded the Ohio Department of Education a $71 million dollar grant this month. The legislation would strengthen oversight of these funds in order to prevent fraud and abuse and to ensure that all children who attend a charter school receive the education they deserve. Ohio is home to nearly 400 taxpayer-funded charter schools that educate approximately 123,000 students.
The Every Student Succeeds Act was endorsed by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, The Education Trust, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Council of La Raza, Democrats for Education Reform, and National Center for Learning Disabilities. The conference agreement is also supported by numerous other groups, including such groups as the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, National Governors Association, National School Boards Association, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and STEM Education Coalition.