WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced today that he opposes efforts to repeal the Department of Education’s regulation on accountability and reporting in state plans as implemented through the bipartisan Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA):

“I do not support repealing the regulation requiring states to provide parents with accurate information on how their students are performing, which will help ensure our schools are accountable for results.  These measures balance state flexibility while reinforcing protections for students of color, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families.  We must do more to provide a better education for all students, including those who have been traditionally underserved.  We have a role to play in helping ensure these children achieve their God-given potential and I urge my colleagues to join me in preserving these protections for students who have too often been marginalized and forgotten.” 

NOTE:  There is widespread support for preserving these education accountability measures, including from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Disability Rights Network, National Down Syndrome Congress, National Indian Education Association, Alliance for Excellent Education, Easterseals, Teach for America, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Children's Defense Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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