Every Student Succeeds Billby Senator Lamar Alexander
Posted on 2015-12-09
ALEXANDER. Mr. President, today the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 85
to 12, has sent a Christmas present to 50 million children across this
country. First, it has to go down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White
House, where we hope President Obama will wrap a big red bow around it,
sign it, and send it to the children and the 3.4 million teachers who
are looking forward to it.
This is a bill that is so important that the Nation's Governors gave it their first full endorsement of any piece of legislation in 20 years. It has the full support of the Chief State School Officers, it has the full support of the school administrators, and it has the support of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.
This is very good policy, and the reason it is, is it is bipartisan, it is a consensus, and instead of arguing about it after the President signs it--which I hope he will--classroom teachers, school board members, Governors, community by community, State by State can go to work implementing it, and making their plans to make their own decisions about what kind of tests to give, how many to give, what the standards should be, how to fix failing schools, how to reward outstanding teachers. We have created an environment that I believe will unleash a flood of excellence in student achievement, State by State and community by community.
I thank the Members of the Senate. I especially thank the, members of the Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee who have worked so well together--all 22 of them. I especially thank Senator Patty Murray of Washington for her leadership and her effectiveness in helping to get such a remarkable event.
To take an issue this complex and difficult and have a vote of 85 to 12 proves that when the Senate puts its mind to it, it can do some very good work. We have done that today.