"It shifted too much control away from state and local elected officials, diluted the impact of federal resources, and relied on a method of identifying academic progress that focused on failure instead of rewarding excellence," the groups wrote. "Ten years later, it is past time to rewrite the law and correct its mistakes."
The groups noted that the relevant House and Senate committees have already approved bills to reform the ESEA, but that so far, neither chamber has moved these bills up for consideration on the floor.
In February, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved two bills to reform federal education law: the Student Success act, H.R. 3989, and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers act, H.R. 3990.
Republicans said then that the bills would reduce "federal intrusion" in the classroom, including by allowing states to set accountability systems and giving them more flexibility to implement their own education strategies.
And last October, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved an unnumbered ESEA reauthorization bill that would remove current sanctions under ESEA and also increase flexibilities at the local level.