Minnesota Sen. Franken delivers speech in support of new education law

Minnesota Sen. Franken delivers speech in support of new education law

Source: Office of Al Franken

In a speech delivered Tuesday on the U.S. Senate floor, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged his Senate colleagues to pass a reform to “No Child Left Behind,” which has governed K-12 education in our country for the past 13 years. The Senate is expected to vote today on the new “Every Child Succeeds Act” legislation.

Click here to download a video of his speech.

“We’ve been living under No Child Left Behind — or NCLB — for 13 years, and during that time we’ve learned what about NCLB works and a lot more about what doesn’t work. Students, teachers, and parents across the country have been waiting for a long time for us to fix this law,” said Sen. Franken.

“[Under NCLB], we learned that the one-size-fits-all approach to fixing failing schools just wasn’t working,” Sen. Franken continued. “That’s why this bill is designed to find a balance between giving states more flexibility while at the same time still making sure that states intervene and fix schools where students are not learning.”

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