Congress moving closer to NCLB conference committee

Congress moving closer to NCLB conference committee

Politico is reporting that the U.S. House is planning to take one more step toward getting a rewrite of No Child Left Behind across the finish line by voting today on a motion to go to conference. Lawmakers are hoping to move quickly through the conference process and vote on a rewrite of the bill by year’s end. The motion is wrapped into a rule approved Monday night by the House Rules Committee. The U.S. Senate may also vote on a motion to go to conference this week.

Members, please keep following MSBA’s Capitol Connections for more updates on the ESEA/NCLB reauthorization.

Last week, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), issued this joint statement on efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:
“We believe we have a path forward that can lead to a successful conference, and that is why we are recommending to our leadership to appoint conferees to take the next step in replacing No Child Left Behind. This is a law that everyone wants fixed, and teachers, parents, and students are counting on us to succeed. Our efforts to improve K-12 education will continue to reflect regular order, providing conference members an opportunity to share their views and offer their ideas. Because of the framework we’ve developed, we are optimistic that the members of the conference committee can reach agreement on a final bill that Congress will approve and the president will sign.”

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