House committee leaders, MSBA respond to U.S. Education Department’s withdrawal of proposed K-12 regulation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) Wednesday issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Department of Education withdrew its proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulation:

“This is a significant victory for students, parents, and school leaders across the country. The department’s regulatory scheme would have violated the law and unleashed serious harm on some of our nation’s poorest schools and communities. While this is encouraging news, we should never have faced the threat of this misguided regulatory proposal. We look forward to working closely with the new administration to ensure recent K-12 education reforms are implemented in a manner that respects the letter and intent of the law.”

Denise Dittrich, MSBA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, said MSBA supports the withdrawal of this rule.

“On behalf of school board members, we are pleased with the U.S. Department of Education’s willingness to withdraw the supplement, not supplant proposal,” Dittrich said. “We thought this proposal would have been overreach by the department.”

Back in July 2016, MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind voiced his concerns in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education.

See http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/MSBA-ESSA-Letter-7-29-16.pdf to view this letter.

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