Common Sense Applauds Congress and President Obama for Putting Education First

Statement from James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Today, James Steyer released the following statement in response to President Obama signing into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

"We congratulate Congress and President Obama for working together and on a bi-partisan basis to make needed improvements to the nation's preeminent k-12 law. We are especially pleased by the inclusion of several provisions in the bill that Common Sense fought for throughout this year, namely the inclusion of support for high quality early childhood education for kids in low- and middle-income families, efforts to reduce the homework gap through expanded access to the Internet in homes that don't have it today, and greater training for teachers and principals in the use of education technology in schools.

"And while we applaud Congress and the President for reaching this agreement, we are cautious at the same time about whether the law will work for every child. There are still unanswered questions about how states and school districts will be held accountable for the education of children who historically are left behind, and there are real concerns about providing adequate funding for the many worthy services that are promised through this law.

"The commitment to early childhood education, for example, for greater support for students in low-income school districts, and for efforts to reduce digital inequality must be met with appropriations adequate to get the job done. Our kids and our country depend on greater investments in education at all levels and we hope today's bi-partisan success is a sign of more to come."