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December 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) released the following statement about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, which passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening.

“This long-overdue reauthorization  of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – more than 8 years in the making – is a compromise that will address many of the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  By significantly de-emphasizing testing and providing states and local school districts with more flexibility to implement standards of success, this legislation will help remedy the most pressing issues facing our education system.                                                                                                                                                    

“Critically, this bill maintains the federal government’s commitment to education equity by increasing Title I funding by more than $1.2 billion over the next four years. It also empowers states to create their own accountability measures and develop challenging academic standards while still providing for federal interventions when students aren’t succeeding.

“I have made teacher recruitment and retention a priority during my time in Congress, and I am especially pleased to see that this bill maintains support for teacher programs, including formula grants that states and school districts can use to improve teacher and administrator quality.  I am hopeful that Congress will deepen its commitment to teachers by supporting successful teacher recruitment efforts, such as NC Teaching Fellows, and innovative teacher retention programs, as proposed in my Keep Teachers Teaching Act.

“Finally, I applaud this bill’s recognition that foreign languages are essential for a well-rounded education. I strongly believe that the federal government should support foreign language instruction, and I will continue to advocate for passage of the World Language Advancement Act, which would make federal grants available for world language instruction in elementary and secondary schools.”