Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Set for Conference Committee

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill say they’re ready to reconcile two competing reauthorization measures for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and they asked leadership in both chambers to appoint members to a conference committee.

“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,” said the joint statement, released today by House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) and ranking member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), in conjunction with Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“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,” the statement said.

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