U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposal from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander:

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposal from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander:

January 14, 2015

"There is agreement it is time to replace No Child Left Behind, and I look forward to working with Chairman Alexander, Sen. Murray and others in Congress to create a bipartisan law that accelerates the progress of our schools, protects civil rights, provides access to quality preschool and supports children and educators. Every child in America, not only some, needs to be ready for college and a career. I appreciate that Sen. Alexander plans to discuss his draft with his colleagues and to solicit public feedback, but I also am concerned that his proposal makes optional far too much of what the law needs to ensure the promise of its title. There is much we can debate in reauthorizing this law—and areas for productive compromise—but Congress must not abdicate its responsibility to help all children succeed, must protect our most vulnerable children and must build on what we've learned about supporting bold state and local innovation."