An Open Letter to United States Lawmakers

Please speak up, stand up, and fight for ALL students! Listen to educators and get ESEA right.

The Every Child Achieves Act is a good start. As an educator and a constituent, I want to share my views on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

ESEA-the cornerstone of the federal presence in K-12 education aims to support programs to level the playing field for students most in need.

The reauthorization should set a new vision of shared responsibility for public education to promote opportunity, equity, and excellence for all students. To do this, a bipartisan bill, similar to the approach taken so far by the Senate, is likely needed. And the bill should:

-Include a dashboard of key indicators to identify and close opportunity and resource gaps to ensure all students, but especially those most in need, have access to a well-rounded education;

-Give students more time to learn by reducing over-testing, decoupling tests from high-stakes decisions, and providing more flexibility for states and districts to determine an assessment system that helps teachers help students; and

-Ensure educators’ voices are heard and empower them to lead.

I urge you to get ESEA right with a bipartisan bill that advances opportunity for all students, ensures more time for students to learn and for teachers to teach, and empowers educators to lead.



– Mike Lerchenfeldt

Twitter: @mj_lerch