Clark blasts GOP reauthorization of No Child Left Behind

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Katherine Clark released the following statement regarding the U.S. House’s reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind:

“The Republican majority has turned its back on America’s children by passing this backward, mean-spirited education bill. When it became clear that Republican leadership didn’t have enough votes to pass their bill back in February, they could have chosen to make the bill better by taking into account the needs of students, communities and educators. Instead, they kept making the bill worse until it was acceptable to the extreme fringe of their party. This bill slashes resources for public education across the board, but worse, it singles out the schools serving our neediest students for the most severe cuts. Our kids deserve a bill that will ensure each and every child has the opportunity to receive a great education, not a bill that yanks that opportunity from their grasp.”