This month, we recognize U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA3) for his leadership as Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee to improve outcomes for all students.
Rep. Scott was one of four lead negotiators of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for the first time in 13 years and replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA provided states with the opportunity to develop new accountability systems to better meet their students’ needs, while maintaining strong federal guardrails, including statewide annual and grade-span testing for all students, disaggregation of data to target and close persistent achievement gaps, and the utilization of evidence-based interventions to turn around schools in need of improvement. These provisions help to hold states, districts and schools accountable for serving all students—particularly historically underserved students.
We were grateful to partner with Chairman Scott and the Center for American Progress during the CBC-ALC 2019 conference highlighting our collective work on diversifying the teaching force and community-driven policymaking.
To stem the cradle to prison pipeline, Scott also introduced the Youth Promise Act, which would support evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to keep at-risk youth out of prison and on a path to college and career.
Scott has the distinction of being the first African-American elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Virginia since Reconstruction and only the second African-American elected to Congress in Virginia’s history.