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Scott, Murray Condemn President Trump for Weakening Accountability for Students, Parents, Teachers and Communities

03.27.17   (Washington, D.C.) - Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statements today on President Trump signing two resolutions that significantly weakens both the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act and makes it more difficult for teacher candidates to make informed decisions on the quality of their teacher… Continue Reading


Polis statement on U.S. Department of Education’s closed-process for ESSA implementation

03.13.17   WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education's new application template for states to develop their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department of Education's guidance follows the U.S. Senate's passage of H.J. Res 57, a resolution to overturn key accountability protections in ESSA. The new template removes a key requirement that states consult stakeholders when drafting the state plan. "Elim… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Call on Secretary DeVos to Implement Every Student Succeeds Act As Congress Intended

03.10.17   (Washington, D.C.) -Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today inquiring about the Department's proposed state template and encouraging the Department to make sure the plan complies with the federal guardrails the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) puts in place… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Statement on Education Department’s Final Rule to Enhance Equity, Excellence in Schools

11.28.16   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's final regulation on the accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "While we are disappointed that this final rule doesn't go as far as we would have hoped, we co… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

11.23.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump selected Betsy DeVos as his nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education. "I congratulate Betsy DeVos on her nomination to lead the Department of Education. I hope to work with her to ensure all students have access to safe, diverse, high-quality public schools. The Department has a legacy of protecting and promoting the civil rights of students, and I will work diligently to … Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Applaud King for Proposed Title I Spending Rule

08.31.16   WASHINGTON - Today, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced the proposed rule for Title I spending under the Every Student Succeeds Act: "We applaud Secretary King for working with stakeholders to put forth this proposed regulation on the … Continue Reading


ESSA: Murray, Scott Continue Push to Ensure New Education Law Works for Every Student, Strengthens Equity of Educational Opportunity

08.02.16   WASHINGTON - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, sent the following letter to the U.S. Department of Education ("the Department") regarding their proposed regulation on the accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Murray and Scott applauded the Department for "balancing ESSA's strong and cl… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Full Committee Hearing on ESSA Implementation

06.23.16   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a full committee hearing entitled "Next Steps in K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act." U.S. Secretary of Education John King testified before the committee. "Thanks to the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states and school districts now have more flexibility to carry out this law and make sure all students are… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Push for Ambitious Pre-K Plans in ESSA Implementation

06.13.16   (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, voiced their support for "ambitious actions and comprehensive coordination" to fulfill the promise of the preschool program in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA marks the first time that the nation's primary elementary and secondary education law i… Continue Reading


Scott, Conyers Statement on New Civil Rights Data from Department of Education

06.07.16   WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) unveiled new data from the 2013-2014 school year showing gaps that remain in educational equity and opportunity for students. Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) released the following statement on the release of the new data by OCR: "The report released today from the Department of Education is a dis… Continue Reading


Scott, Conyers Unveil New GAO Report on Segregation in Public Schools

05.17.16   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) unveiled the findings of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on actions needed to reduce racial and socioeconomic segregation, and address disparities in K-12 public schools. Ranking Members Scott and Conyers, along with retired Congressman and former Ranking Member George Miller, first requested this report… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray, Rep. Scott Call on Department of Education to Ensure “Robust and Multiple Opportunities” to Participate in ESSA Implementation

05.11.16   WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, sent a letter to the Department of Education asking the agency to develop and implement processes to facilitate participation in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the landmark legislation to fix the broken No Child Left … Continue Reading


King Pledges to Uphold Congressional Intent to Protect Educational Equity in ESSA Implementation

02.25.16   WASHINGTON - Today, the full Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing entitled, "Next Steps for K-12 Education: Upholding the Letter and Intent of the Every Student Succeeds Act". With the bipartisan passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), effort has now shifts to the implementation of the new law. This was the first full committee oversight hearing specifically on ESSA implementation, and Committee Democrats emphasized the Department of Education's constitutional duty t… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

12.09.15   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the 85-12 passage of S.1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act - a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replace No Child Left Behind: "I commend Senator Alexander, Senator Murray, Chairman Kline and our respective staff for their earnest and diligent work to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replace No Child Left Behind. The Every Studen… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

12.02.15   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the 359-64 passage of S.1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act - a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replace No Child Left Behind: "Today's bipartisan vote to reauthorize the ESEA affirms the principles of Brown v. Board of Education, which held that 'it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an e… Continue Reading


Scott, Kline Applaud House Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

12.02.15   Bipartisan bill replaces No Child Left Behind, Improves K-12 Education WASHINGTON - House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott and Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statements today after the House passed a bipartisan, bicameral bill to replace No Child Left Behind and improve K-12 education. Known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), the bill passed the House by a vote of 359 to 64. "Today's bipartisan vote to reauthorize the ESEA … Continue Reading


House, Senate Education Committees Release Final Proposal to Replace NCLB

11.30.15   WASHINGTON - Today bipartisan leaders on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released the final legislative text for improving K-12 education and replacing No Child Left Behind. The final bill is being released after legislative proposals passed separately by the House and Senate in July and embodies the reforms agreed to by members serving on a joint conference committee earlier this month. The House-Senate confer… Continue Reading


House-Senate Conference Committee Approves Framework to Improve K-12 Education

11.19.15   WASHINGTON - Today, the House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. The agreement represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177). "No Child Left Behind has been failing students, parents, teachers, and state and local education leaders for far too long, and today we took an important step in replacing this flawed law,… Continue Reading


ADVISORY: House-Senate Joint Conference Committee on K-12 Education to Hold First Public Meeting

11.18.15   WASHINGTON - TODAY, November 18, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., a House and Senate conference committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will hold its first meeting in HVC-201 of the Capitol Visitor Center. At the first meeting, members of the conference committee are expected to deliver opening statements. WHAT: Meeting of a House-Senate joint conference committee on K-12 education WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: HVC-201 of the Capitol Visitor Center … Continue Reading


ADVISORY: K-12 Education Joint Conference Committee to Reconvene, Consider Amendments

11.18.15   WASHINGTON - TOMORROW, November 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the House and Senate conference committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will hold a second meeting in HVC-201 of the Capitol Visitor Center. At the conference committee's next meeting, members are expected to consider amendments to the House-Senate proposed framework. WHAT: House-Senate joint conference committee on K-12 education to reconvene WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. WHERE: HVC… Continue Reading

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