2016-08-31 National Governors Association

Governors Respond to Every Student Succeeds Act Funding Regulation

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” rule under the Every Student Succeeds Act:

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides governors an opportunity to collaborate with teachers, parents and school districts to develop state solutions for educational equity that address the unique needs of their students.

The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulation would eliminate that opportunity and instead impose on states an unfunded, prescriptive mandate well beyond the scope of ESSA. It would also grant the federal government unprecedented influence over state and local education budgets.

Governors hope that the Department will reverse course and work with education stakeholders to produce a regulation that builds on state efforts to ensure a high-quality education for students who need help the most.”