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October 19, 2011

Enzi: No Child Left Behind reforms a good start, but not perfect

Legislative changes to focus on success of children

Washington, D.C. – Proposed changes to the decade old No Child Left behind  are not perfect, but the product of bipartisan cooperation in finding solutions to ensure the success of all children  according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the Ranking Member on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. Enzi, who has been working with Senator Harkin, D-Iowa, on these reforms for over a year, had this to say concerning the resolution:

“From where I sit, far more could have been done to allow states and locals to take the lead in the nine areas Senator Alexander and I identified as issues needing fixing.  But, with nearly every successful piece of bipartisan legislation, we need to find those areas with which we agree and go forward trying to find solutions where resolution is not as obvious.  Finding bipartisan solutions is essential to passing legislation.

“[This legislation] …reduces the federal footprint, it continues a system of transparency to parents regarding student performance and it eliminates many wasteful and duplicative programs.” 
“This bill does not solve everything.  It is not meant to be the whole answer.  It is to correct what we have learned is problematic with NCLB and build on those things that helped move us closer to making sure that each child receives the best education possible.”

The bill under consideration is in day one of a legislative markup, a process meant to amend legislation in a committee before it is considered for passage and then sent to the Senate floor. Nothing in the bill is finalized and senators from both sides of the aisle have promised to offer many amendments upon consideration by the full Senate.

To read Senator Enzi’s full statement, click here.
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