Learning First Alliance

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Transforming the Federal Role in K-12 Education

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Today, the Learning First Alliance (LFA), which sponsors Public School Insights, released a statement calling for a new federal role in supporting success for all American public school children. Transforming the Federal Role in America's Public Schools offers a framework to help a new president, administration, and Congress align federal policies with the needs of America's more than 50 million public school students.

The statement emphasizes support for students in need, as well as more effective and transparent accountability among key players in the system. The principles also call for greater collaboration among the federal government, states and districts.

The statement argues that the federal government has micromanaged public schools from the top down without providing the support they require to succeed. It urges the federal government to provide the right kind of support to guarantee every child equal access to an excellent public school.

LFA members agreed that, at a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty, federal investments in education are critical investments in the nation's prosperity.

You can read the LFA press release here or read the entire statement here.