What Does Conservative Education Implementation Mean?
Reaffirm that educating students is predominately the responsibility of states and localities, especially in the areas of funding, personnel, and reviving poorly performing schools.
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.
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.
Assert that high academic standards and aligned tests – both chosen by the state – are crucial because they evaluate what a student is learning.
Alabama State Board of Education President Pro Tem and CL4E Member Mary Scott Hunter issues letter to Sec. of Education
Mary Scott Hunter sent a letter to Sec. DeVos asking for testing flexibility under ESSA as the Alabama moves to develop alternative testing for students. She highlights the opportunity for Alabama to exact choice and flexibility through local control under ESSA. On June 21, 2017 the school board unanimously voted to approve a resolution to […]
CL4E Member Sen. Owen Hill urges Bennet to eschew politics in DeVos nomination vote, touts her as Colorado-style education reformer
By: John Tomasic The Colorado Statesman | 1/31/17 State Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican and school choice champion, held a telephone press conference Monday on which he lauded multi-millionaire school reform advocate Betsy DeVos as the right person to head the U.S. Department of Education for the Trump administration. The call was meant […]
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.