Rep. Curbelo Appointed to K-12 Conference Committee

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Washington, November 18, 2015 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) was appointed by Speaker Ryan to the Conference Committee on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). He offered the following statement:

"Building a better education system for every child in America is one of my great passions. I began this work five years ago as a member of the Miami-Dade County School Board and have been able to continue it on the Committee on Education and the Workforce here in Congress. I thank Speaker Ryan for the opportunity to serve on the Conference Committee for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This reauthorization of ESEA puts children at the center of America's education system, reduces burdensome regulations on school districts and teachers, and promotes school choice. As a Member of the Conference Committee, I will fight for a strong but fair accountability system and to protect the interests of English language learners and the teachers and districts who serve these students - a major priority for our schools in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties."

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan offered the following statement regarding Rep. Curbelo’s appointment to the Conference Committee on ESEA:

“As an esteemed Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Curbelo is a great proponent of legislation which will benefit our country’s elementary and secondary education. As a former Member of the Miami-Dade County School Board, he worked first hand with educators to create the best atmosphere conducive to a positive learning environment. I am pleased to appoint Rep. Curbelo to the Conference Committee for ESEA and look forward to working with him to pass a bill which will improve our educational system.”

Curbelo was able to pass an amendment to this legislation that will afford English language learners more time to achieve proficiency in reading and math. This will provide significant relief to teachers and school districts - like those in South Florida - who serve these students.      

"Una de mis pasiones es trabajar para mejorar la calidad de la educación que recibe cada niño en EEUU. Inicié esta labor hace cinco años como miembro de la Junta Escolar del Condado Miami-Dade y la he continuado en la Comisión de Educación y Fuerza Laboral del Congreso. Le agradezco al Presidente de la Cámara Paul Ryan la oportunidad de ser miembro de la Comisión de Conferencia entre la Cámara y el Senado para el proyecto de ley que gobierna la educación primaria y secundaria de nuestro país. Esta legislación pone a los estudiantes como mayor prioridad del sistema educacional, reduce las regulaciones aplicables a los distritos escolares y promueve mas opciones escolares para los padres y estudiantes. En esta importante comisión lucharé por asegurar que nuestras escuelas demuestren que estén educando a cada estudiante y para protejer los intereses de niños que están aprendiendo el idioma inglés y de los maestros y las escuelas que los atienden - una alta prioridad para los distritos escolares de los condados Miami-Dade y Monroe."

Curbelo logró la aprobación de una enmienda que le da más tiempo a los niños que están aprendiendo inglés para aprobar pruebas estandarizadas de lectura y matemática, lo que representa un alivio para los maestros y los distritos escolares que atienden a estos estudiantes - entre ellos los del sur de la Florida.  

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