Deborah S. Delisle, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known as No Child Left Behind—at the National Association of Secondary School Principals' "Ignite 15" annual conference in San Diego on Feb. 20. During a morning session titled "U.S. Department of Education Updates," Assistant Secretary Delisle will provide updates on relevant and emerging issues facing today's school leaders. A question-and-answer session will follow. Later that day, she will serve on the "State of Education in America" panel, whose members will discuss the current state of education, where it needs to go and what can be done to get it there for all of the nation's children.
To maintain and accelerate the progress students are making, the Obama Administration is calling for an overhaul of ESEA with a law that not only ensures students are prepared for college, careers and life, but also delivers on the promise of equity and real opportunity for every child. Secretary Duncan has called on Congress to create a bipartisan law that gives teachers and principals the resources they need, expands high-quality preschool for families and supports schools and districts in creating innovative new solutions to problems that translate into better outcomes for students.