Student Success Act—Conference Reportby Senator Johnny Isakson
Posted on 2015-12-08
ISAKSON. Madam President, as the last surviving person who served
on the committee who wrote the original No Child Left Behind Act for
the Congress, I am delighted to be here on this day.
I think this Senator speaks for every superintendent, every Governor, every parent, and every child to say thank you to Senator Alexander and Senator Murray. We knew when we wrote No Child Left Behind that if it worked, by the time the sixth year came, we would have to reauthorize it or else it would go from a net positive to a negative. We didn't reauthorize it, and AYP became a problem, good schools became needs- improvement schools, and the law worked backward. In fact, we have run education by waivers the last 6 years.
The leadership of these two great Members of Congress. Seeing this bill through in the committee is a great testimony to working together, to finding common ground, and to our collective purpose of seeing to it that our children are the best educated children in the world.
Senator Alexander, thank you. Senator Murray, thank you for what you have done.
To the Members of Congress, the Senate will vote in a few minutes. We need a vote for cloture and a vote for final [[Page S8453]] passage to see to it that we end a chapter in education and open a new chapter--a chapter that focuses on student improvement, student achievement, leaves No Child Left Behind but also sees that every child can succeed and makes sure we disaggregate so we can focus on children as they perform within their own group and we can focus on every child in every school in America.
I am honored to have been a member of the committee that worked hard on this bill, and I am honored to serve with Senators Alexander and Murray.
I appreciate the time to speak on behalf of not just myself but for every student, teacher, and parent in America.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Tennessee.