Graves Introduces Bipartisan Education Reform
"Time and again, Congress has put off reforming No Child Left Behind leaving our teachers and students to deal with requirements that are both unfair and unproductive," Graves said. "This legislation helps schools cope with some of the more burdensome parts of No Child Left Behind until Congress gets to work and fixes the problems for good."
Graves worked across the aisle with Congressman Waltz, a former teacher, to craft a bill that works for our students and teachers. The National Education Association, National School Boards Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Association of School Administrators all helped in drafting the bill and are fully supporting the legislation.
"I want to thank Congressman Graves for his hard work in making sure that our education policy works for both students and schools," said Melissa Randol, General Counsel for the Missouri School Board Association. "Congressman Graves has been working with educators for months to give schools relief until Congress can fix No Child Left Behind."
H.R. 6239 freezes escalating sanctions until Congress examines and fixes the problems with No Child Left Behind. While the legislation will freeze sanctions, it does not excuse schools from accountability. Those schools previously identified as in need of improvement must continue to meet the obligations and interventions currently required of them.
"We need accountability in education, but we also need to make sure that we are not setting up students and schools to fail," Graves said. "We must make sure that we are giving our children the best possible education. Congress needs to do its part by giving our teachers and students the ability to succeed."
H.R. 6239 has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.