Secretary Arne Duncan laid out an idea for the nation’s well-known education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in a speech on January 12th, 2015. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the ESEA bill, he called for a new law that will work to ensure strong opportunities for all students, and protect the most vulnerable.
In his remarks, Duncan advised for dispensing with No Child Left Behind—the latest version of ESEA—and replacing it with a new law. Duncan made sure to put the pressure on for Congress in moving forward stating that although seeking to work collaboratively, “Congress must not compromise the nation's vital interest of lifting up all students and protecting the vulnerable.”
Duncan also highlighted his strong beliefs in keeping to the highest standards in keeping students on track for a successful future. “I believe that all students must be held to high expectations for learning, no matter their zip code, race or ethnicity, disability, or whether they are still learning English. I believe that states should always choose those standards, as they always have, and that those standards should align clearly and honestly with what young people will need to know for success in school, in college, and in life.”
Secretary Duncan also calls for increasing the opportunity for quality preschool; reducing time spent on testing in places where it is too much; and increasing funding and assistance for schools and educators.
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