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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New Paper and Video Series Highlight How States Are Seizing Local Control Under ESSA

July 26, 2017

Leadership in Arizona, Colorado and Kentucky show states are serious about moving away from just Federal compliance WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This week, Conservative Leaders for Education (CL4E) released a new series of white papers and videos that shed light on some of the bold, new visions shaping education policy in states across […]

Alabama State Board of Education President Pro Tem and CL4E Member Mary Scott Hunter issues letter to Sec. of Education

June 22, 2017

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 […]

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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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