CSG Urges Congress to Reauthorize Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Today, The Council of State Governments joined with nine organizations representing state and local governments to urge Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The current version of ESEA, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, expired almost five years ago, and broad reforms are long overdue.

The relevant committees in the U.S. House and Senate have already passed versions of ESEA, but the chances of Congress passing a full bill wane as the 2012 election approaches.

The No Child Left Behind Act, originally passed in 2001, was a mixed bag of successful and flawed programs, such as an overly broad standardized testing format that shifted control from state and local governments to the federal government. State leaders have pushed for major changes to the law for the past few years.

In the letter sent to Congress today, CSG called for “federal policy that instead of focusing on process and compliance, allows for state and local innovation.”

The full text of the letter can be read here: http://www.csgdc.org/FederalAffairs/documents/5-3-12StateandLocalGovernanceCoalitionESEALetter.pdf