Langevin Applauds Bipartisan Education Bill

Dec 2, 2015 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Education, Vote

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, today supported the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESEA Reauthorization, which replaces No Child Left Behind and establishes modernized, improved guidelines for education in America.

“The Every Student Succeeds Act is a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that reminds us of the incredible good that can be accomplished when we put our differences aside for the benefit of our constituents,” said Langevin. “This bill is not perfect, but it is a significant improvement from the current system and I am proud and excited that the Congress was able to reach this important compromise. There is no responsibility more important than the promise we make to support our young people, and providing quality, accessible education for all is at the very core of that promise.”

The legislation includes an amendment that Langevin introduced with his CTE Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) that allows states applying for funds under Title I to show how they would use those funds to provide apprenticeships that offer academic credit, and how they would use funds to provide comprehensive career counseling. This amendment is based on Langevin and Thompson’s Counseling for Career Choice Act, a bipartisan bill that informs school counselors of local labor market conditions that they can use to help guide students’ postsecondary decisions.

“Education is about preparing young people for the future, and career readiness is a crucial piece of the puzzle. We must ensure that our schools are equipped with the resources necessary to inform students about workforce demands so they can make the best decisions about their futures,” he said.

The Every Student Succeeds Act outlines high standards for students, but puts much of the decision-making power back into the hands of states and local districts. States are required to have at least three levels of achievement standards, but will have flexibility to develop those standards. Langevin, who also co-chairs the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, said he is particularly pleased that this bill protects the right of students with disabilities to pursue a traditional high school diploma.

"Each student is different and, therefore, our system of education must not take a one-size-fits-all approach. This legislation allows states and districts to shift away from a focus on testing that has concerned so many of my constituents – both parents and educators,” Langevin continued. “Rhode Island is home to so many talented, hard-working and compassionate educators, and I am confident that they are qualified to make the best decisions on behalf of their students.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act is supported by American School Counselor’s Association, National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium, Association for Career and Technical Education, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Teach for America, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, STEM Education Coalition, National Governors Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Parent-Teacher Association.