By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo Public Schools Superintendent Randy Shaver will directly impact federal education legislation.
Shaver was invited by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to be in Washington, D.C., next week when the U.S. Department of Education begins to draft its new education law. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which provides federal money for schools, must be renewed.
The law is currently authorized under No Child Left Behind, which requires schools to meet state-mandated benchmarks on standardized texts. The new version likely will include federal standards and mechanisms for the federal government to take over low-performing schools.
Duncan invited several state and system superintendents to be present and give input as the new legislation is drafted. Shaver also was invited to Washington, D.C., by Duncan late last year to give feedback for the future legislation.