Congresswoman Susan Davis Denounces Effort to Weaken Accountability and Transparency in Education Programs
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), ranking member of the Higher Education Subcommittee, released the following statement on a Republican plan to offer a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to undo protections that ensure quality higher education teacher preparation programs and accountability for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
"I'm concerned that my colleagues seem intent on taking away crucial protections that ensure quality and accountability for our teacher preparation programs. These protections reflect and build on local successes and incorporate meaningful feedback from teachers, giving support and guidance to future educators. Furthermore, they work to guarantee that taxpayer funded TEACH Grants are only given to high quality institutions that benefit students.
“The previous administration took years to draft these protections taking into consideration hundreds of suggestions from both sides of the aisle and allowing for greater flexibility.
“Behind these safeguards there are students whose interests we must protect. Ultimately, if my Republican colleagues have concerns about these protections there are more productive means of addressing the specifics without throwing them out altogether. A Congressional Review Act amounts to using a sword where a scalpel should be used."