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Bonamici Convenes Education Leaders to Discuss Implementation of New Education Law

January 19, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) convened a briefing and discussion of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the law that replaced No Child Left Behind and advanced new K-12 education policies. More than fifty leaders in education attended. You can download photos from the event here and here.

Congresswoman Bonamici—a member of the House Education Committee—served on the select panel of House and Senate members who crafted the final version of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Congresswoman Bonamici successfully included provisions to help states and school districts eliminate redundant or unnecessary tests and to support interdisciplinary educational programs that integrate arts into STEM courses.

“Strengthening public education is one of the top reasons I got involved in public service,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Oregon’s students deserve better than No Child Left Behind, so I went to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle. Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act, our federal K-12 education policies will reduce high-stakes testing, which narrowed curriculum and stifled teaching and learning, and facilitate more decision-making at the local and state level. I was honored to stand with President Obama as he signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, but my job doesn’t end there. Convening Oregon’s education leaders is my first step in making sure this law is implemented successfully and best serves our students, families, and educators.”

On Tuesday, Bonamici was joined by Oregon’s Acting Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps, Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor, superintendents from five counties, representatives of eight colleges and universities, and other education leaders.

“We must ensure that every Oregon student sees the critical link between their education and their future through learning that engages, inspires and empowers them,” said Acting Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps. “Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, our clear focus on high standards and opportunity for every child is met with renewed flexibility to meet this challenge.  The stage is set for all of us in Oregon – families, schools and communities – to work together to deepen the connection with students, broaden their learning experiences, foster their critical thinking skills and creativity, and unearth the full potential within every student.”

“There is nothing more import to our state’s future prosperity than how well we succeed at preparing each and every student for their futures” said Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor. “That is why I am so pleased that the Every Student Succeeds Act grants us the flexibility to design systems that work for Oregon’s schools and students. I look forward to working with education partners and communities from around the state to design an ESSA State Plan that reflects our commitment to high standards, prepares all students for success after high school, and maintains our focus on educational equity.”

For more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act or Congresswoman Bonamici’s work in Congress, please visit Bonamici.House.Gov or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.