Missoulian Op-Ed: Ensuring every Montana child achieves

My mother had an unshakable faith in the power of public education. With her encouragement, the first job I took after college was teaching at my childhood elementary school.

I have been actively involved in public education my entire life – as a student, teacher, school board member, parent, grandparent and now a U.S. senator.

So when the Senate had the chance to undo some of the damage caused by the No Child Left Behind Act, I was proud to stand with a bipartisan group of 81 senators and overhaul this broken system. That’s why I voted for the Every Child Achieves Act last week.

This bill reforms education policy for the first time in 13 years – affecting millions of American families.

While I don’t agree with everything in the bill, it’s a big step forward.

Most importantly, the bill returns decision making to the local level, giving school boards, teachers and parents control over students’ education.

The bill also moves us away from using testing as the primary measure of a student’s performance – another No Child Left Behind policy that failed.