Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after Democrats on the Education and Workforce Committee introduced a proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at yesterday’s committee mark-up of the Republicans' partisan ESEA bill:
“Yesterday, Democrats on the Education and Workforce Committee put forward a proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which recognizes the important role the federal government has in supporting local education systems across the country. I am pleased that it included a provision that authorizes a competitive grant program to expand the number of full-service community schools at the K-12 level around the country. Throughout my career, I have strongly advocated for the expansion of full-service community schools, which are public elementary or secondary schools that coordinate a wide range of social services under one roof for children and their parents, such as dental screenings, literacy courses, and career counseling, that help students achieve success in the classroom and beyond. This model has been highly successful in communities across the country, including in my home state of Maryland, and will help close the achievement gap among students.
“I was also glad that the Democratic proposal emphasized the importance of early childhood education and prioritized investment in STEM learning. Unfortunately, House Republicans on the Committee rejected this proposal and instead passed a partisan reauthorization of ESEA – which received no hearings and passed on a party-line vote. Their partisan bill shortchanges our students, our educators, and our country’s future.
“Reauthorization of ESEA is long overdue, and as this process moves forward, I hope the Republican Majority will work with Democrats on a bipartisan reauthorization that can be signed into law. I thank Ranking Member Bobby Scott of the Education and Workforce Committee for his leadership on this issue as Democrats continue to fight for a high quality education for every student in America.”