Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act – bipartisan legislation  to replace No Child Left Behind and improve K-12 education:

“I fought hard to secure a spot on the Education and the Workforce Committee and have spent the year working with my colleagues on the Committee gathering feedback from students, parents, teachers and administrators and heard about the importance of updating our early and secondary education law. This has been a consistent theme as I’ve visited schools across the district and held many meetings with teachers and school officials.

“This legislation provides the first update to No Child Left Behind in the last decade and will strengthen our education system so students are better prepared for Higher Education and a 21st Century Workforce.

“Furthermore, it was important to me that this legislation addresses significant concerns that I share with my constituents regarding Common Core. I am pleased that this legislation would prohibit the Secretary of Education from forcing, incentivizing, or coercing states into adopting Common Core.

“And important to the Fort Drum community, this legislation strengthens Impact Aid – an important resource for North Country schools that are home to many military families.

“This is bipartisan legislation that is needed to give power back to state and local governments and I am pleased that the President has signed it into law.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act passed the House last week by a vote of 359-64.