Sen. Franken Helping Promote Bill To Replace ‘No Child Left Behind’

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 7:01 am

From Press Release:

After two full days of debate, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and the Senate Education Committee passed a bill on Wednesday to replace “No Child Left Behind” and give Minnesota schools more tools to help students succeed.

The Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—commonly referred to as “No Child Left Behind”—includes Sen. Franken’s provisions to cut the cost of college, improve testing, and strengthen leadership in schools.

“There’s nothing more important to our kids’ future—and our country’s economic future—than giving them a world-class education,” said Sen. Franken. “After working on ways to replace ‘No Child Left Behind’ for four years, I’m pleased that we passed a bill out of the Senate Education Committee that will do just that. I think it’s going to do a lot of good for education in our country.”

During the debate, Sen. Franken passed an amendment to strengthen the ability of school districts to offer dual enrollment programs and early college high school programs. These programs help students cut down on college costs by allowing them to earn college credit while in high school and have been shown to improve high school graduation rates and college attendance rates, and increase students’ postsecondary success.

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