What Does Conservative Education Implementation Mean?

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Local Control

Reaffirm that educating students is predominately the responsibility of states and localities, especially in the areas of funding, personnel, and reviving poorly performing schools.

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Parent Choice

Advance educational choice and innovation for parents and students by trusting that parents will do what is best for their children, while not absolving lawmakers from providing oversight.

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Accountability

Demand that states, local districts, and individual schools be transparent through the provision of information to parents that is accessible, timely, comparable, and easy-to-understand.

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Quality Content

Assert that high academic standards and aligned tests – both chosen by the state – are crucial because they evaluate what a student is learning.

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CL4E Chairman Dr. William Bennett – Here’s What To Expect From State Education Reform Efforts In 2018

February 16, 2018

The year 2018 will be a momentous one for federal and state education efforts. Legislatures across the country have convened and leaders will have an unprecedented opportunity to shape K-12 education policy. As states begin to receive the green light on their accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), schools and districts can […]

School grading from a mom and education policy-maker’s perspective

February 16, 2018

CL4E and Alabama State Board of Education Member Mary Scott Hunter authored an opinion piece on the recently released A-F grading scores for schools, districts, and the overall education system in the state. In 2012, the Alabama Legislature passed the School Performance Recognition Program Act and required the state, school systems, and individual schools be […]

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What We Stand For

Conservative Leaders for Education is a new campaign comprised of leading conservative state lawmakers and education chairs focused on ensuring conservative principles gain traction in state policy decisions as states begin to develop accountability plans under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The enactment of ESSA which supplants No Child Left Behind (NCLB) decidedly returns the principal authority of education policymaking to its rightful place: states and localities. We are now requiring states to develop state-specific implementation plans covering things like teacher evaluations, assessments, and plans on how they will intervene in the states’ lowest performing schools.

ESSA presents us with a unique window of time to weigh in and shape education policies in a way that leaves a lasting and meaningful imprint. Conservatives currently control more state legislatures than at any time in modern history. Let’s seize the day and create a brighter future for education in America.

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