Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on U.S. House of Representatives Passing Partisan Bill to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on U.S. House of Representatives Passing Partisan Bill to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

July 8, 2015

"America's students deserve a strong education bill that builds on the tremendous progress of the last decade and supports opportunity for every child. Instead, House Republicans have chosen to take a bad bill and make it even worse. Instead of supporting the schools and educators that need it most, this bill shifts resources away from them. Instead of ensuring states and districts improve struggling schools and serve all students, it makes that optional. Instead of answering demand from parents, communities and states for high-quality preschool, it ignores them. This bill—which was passed in an entirely partisan fashion—represents a huge step backward for America's students. They deserve better."