State Legislators Take Advantage of the Flexibility Provided by ESSA

State Legislators Take Advantage of the Flexibility Provided by ESSA

July 26, 2016

Education Week reported on the announcement of Conservative Leaders for Education (CL4E) – a group of state legislators who believe now is the time to take advantage of the flexibility provided by ESSA, led by former Education Secretary William Bennett. According to Bennett, CL4E’s goals are to promote “school choice, local control, transparent and timely accountability, and high academic standards chosen by states.” Bennett explains that with Republicans controlling over half of state legislatures and governorships, ESSA provides an opportunity for the party to “seize the day” and insert these key values into the state implementation plans.