Press Release

AFT on ESEA Bill: Reason for Optimism

For Release: 

Friday, November 13, 2015


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten about congressional movement on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite:

"We have reason for optimism. Congress has heard from educators, students and parents across the country who want an end to the high-stakes testing fixation; funding levels maintained, particularly for high-needs students; and better accountability systems that give teachers more latitude to meet the needs of our youngsters. Instead of the polarization that has become all too common in Washington, the Senate and House education leaders worked hard to fix the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The right fix to the law has the potential to improve teaching and bring back the joy of learning."


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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.