Gardner Praises Passage of Education Reform Law

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the Senate’s passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and federal education policy:

“The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act represents a step forward in federal education policy, and I’m proud to have worked with members of both parties on its passage. While not perfect, this act  makes progress towards getting Congress out of the classroom, rolling back Common Core, and returning more power to the states and local communities where it belongs.                     

“I’m especially pleased that this legislation includes several amendments I authored and co-sponsored which will make meaningful changes to federal policy, helping talented high schoolers earn college credit before graduation, giving charter schools a seat at the table in educational development planning, and promoting more transparency and better access to education data for lawmakers and researchers looking to improve the system. Also included is an amendment I co-sponsored protecting children from the practice of 'passing the trash', where problem employees, including sex offenders, are transferred from school to school without proper background checks being conducted.

“Along with last week’s long-term Highway Bill, the passage of this major bipartisan education legislation is a sign that, after years of dysfunction, the Senate is starting to work again.  We’ve made progress on education, transportation, energy policy, entitlement reform and more. While we still have much work to do, I’m excited to be a part of a Senate that is starting, once again, to do the real work we were sent here to do.”                                             

In addition to his work on the ESSA, Senator Gardner also submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court this month urging them to support the Douglas County School District’s Choice Scholarship Program from an anti-school-choice lawsuit.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.