Rep. Susan Davis Supports Bipartisan Education Reform Bill to End No Child Left Behind
After serving as a member of the House and Senate conference committee to work out a final education reform bill, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) cast a vote for the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act to end No Child Left Behind (NCLB), return local control back to states, and maintain the spirit of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by ensuring equal access to education for all children.
“This bipartisan achievement is a vast improvement from the broken No Child Left Behind waiver process currently in place,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “This bill finds the balance between accountability standards that protect low-income students and the autonomy teachers need to find creative solutions in the classroom. It renews the importance of local control and ensures communities take care of our kids.”
The Every Student Succeeds Act repeals the punitive measures of NCLB while requiring states to set up their own accountability standards and goals. It requires states to develop plans to help the lowest performing five percent of all public schools and high schools that don’t graduate one-third of its students.
It establishes a new program to increase access to early education opportunities for low-income children. The goal of the program is to prepare these children for kindergarten.
Also included in final bill was language from Davis’s Helping Military Children Succeed in School Act, creating a military student identifier to provide the data needed to address the diverse challenges they face. Specifically, a report-only subgroup for military-connected students would allow schools and districts to effectively track these students’ performance. This data would then help educators identify areas of concern, develop best practices, and deploy targeted solutions to help military-connected students succeed.
The Every Student Succeeds Act does not include major changes to the funding formula targeting low-income and disadvantaged students, known as Title I funding. Davis fought efforts to change the formula, which could have resulted in the San Diego City School District losing $4 million in Title I funding.