Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Supports Every Student Succeeds Act

December 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after the House passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill provides school districts with increased flexibility and authority in determining education decisions while empowering parents, teachers, and local administrators.

“Every student deserves the chance of a high-quality education. Unfortunately, our current system is failing to provide that. As the child of a public school educator, I’ve witnessed how our current top-down approach ties the hands of our teachers and heard about from local administrators how it hamstrings our schools,” said Rep. McSally. “Today’s bipartisan, bicameral bill restores control to those who understand best what our students need. It prioritizes evidenced-based outcomes, not testing, and provides states and school districts with the tools they need to succeed.”

“I’m very glad to see this bill move us away from our current one-size-fits-all approach and restore education decision-making to those who know our school best,” said Dr. H. T. Sanchez, Superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District. “By giving states and local districts more flexibility, this bill allows us to better meet the unique needs of each and every student we serve.”

“It is our belief that accountability and decision-making authority is best in the hands of state and local authorities, not the federal government, and this bill is a positive step toward that direction,” said Calvin Baker, Superintendent of the Vail Unified School District. “In particular, we appreciate the provisions in this bill to eliminate the burdensome Highly Qualified Teacher requirement and return authority to states for determining the best methods of evaluating teacher performance.”