Senator Alexander Discusses Potential Impacts a Trump or Clinton Presidency Would Have on ESSA

Senator Alexander Discusses Potential Impacts a Trump or Clinton Presidency Would Have on ESSA

July 18, 2016

Education Week spoke with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) at the Republican National Convention about the potential impact a Trump or Clinton presidency would have on ESSA:

  • When discussing accountability requirements under Trump, Sen. Alexander noted that the presumed Republican presidential nominee will “enforce the new education law the way [the committee] wrote it, which is to transfer responsibility for accountability out of Washington back to the states.” Alexander believes Trump would “favor local control of schools and have a light regulatory touch.”
  • Alexander hopes that Clinton would “remember her days in Arkansas and how…we didn’t think people in Washington were any smarter than we were in trying to figure out how to care for and educate our children.”