Rep. John Kline (R-Minnesota), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, issued the following joint statement regarding Monday’s release by the U.S. Department of Education of final regulations implementing accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act:
The Every Student Succeeds Act embodies bipartisan reforms designed to put K-12 education back in the hands of parents, teachers, and state and local leaders. That is why we raised concerns with the department’s original proposal and why we remain concerned with this final accountability rule. While the department has made some improvements, this expansive regulation is still flawed and still places too much authority in the hands of federal bureaucrats. Congress and the next administration will have to work together to fix the problems this department is creating to ensure these important reforms are implemented in a way that fully adheres to the letter and intent of the law. That is the only way states and schools will have the flexibility they need to provide every child an excellent education.