As reported in The Washington Post, Politico and Education Week, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), America’s biggest education law that governs our schools, is entering its final phases in the House and the Senate.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress met this week to begin to iron out the final version of the bill, and to make sure it includes what students and educators need in the classroom, they need to hear from you.
The details in this reauthorization of this bill will matter. Call your representative now by dialing 866-331-7233, and then entering your ZIP code. We’ll give you everything you need to advocate over the phone.
When we started on this journey, we had a short list of important asks:
- Ensure students have access to the supports they need to succeed by making opportunity for all students a priority.
- Reduce the absurd amount of testing our students face and end the high-stakes and punish decisions attached to them.
- Give educators an increased voice as part of the education policy process.
We are optimistic that Congress is listening, but we have to ensure that these elements remain in the new ESEA. Call your representative now: 866-331-7233. It will only take a few minutes!
The passage of this law will not be the end of an effort. It will actually be the beginning of our effort to implement the law that is a victory for students in every zip code.
We’re nearly there. Thank you for taking action!
Director of Government Relations
National Education Association