YMCA of the USA Applauds Congress for Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 

Statement from Neal Denton, SVP and Chief Government Affairs Officer

Washington, DC (January 15, 2016) - YMCA of the USA commends Congress for passing the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation that renews that Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently known as No Child Left Behind). We especially applaud Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representatives John Kline (R-MN) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) for their leadership and commitment to reaching a bipartisan agreement to improve the education of our nation’s underserved students. 

As a community-based youth serving organization, the Y partners in a deep and meaningful way, with countless schools across the country to support and nurture the potential of every child and teen. These YMCA-school partnerships are based on a shared commitment to the academic success and overall well-being of children, and are built to trust, respect and the recognition that each partner has a significant role in improving child outcomes.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) acknowledges the important role of community-based organizations in partnering with schools to meet the academic and non-academic needs of children from preschool to high school. The Y is particularly pleased that the new law maintains the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative and protects this dedicated funding stream, and continues to support and value early childhood education, community school initiatives, the arts, student wellness, physical education, and well-rounded educational opportunities for students.

“We are pleased that ESSA encourages schools to partner with community-based organizations to help meet the academic, social, emotional and physical development of students” says Y-USA Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer Neal Denton. “As an organization dedicated to strengthening communities, the Y knows firsthand the value of local partnerships in improving the lives of children and families.”

In the coming year, the Y stands ready to work with the US Department of Education in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. We believe this critically important law will support school and community efforts to ensure that today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders.

 

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

Friday, January 15, 2016

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