Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement:

SALT LAKE CITY  (Dec 4, 2015) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, released the following statement regarding the passage of S. 1177, Every Student Succeeds Act:

“By passing, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) today, Congress has returned more control of education over to Utah where it belongs. Though this bill is not a perfect solution, it takes a good step forward in returning control of our education to the state and local school districts, a goal we will continue to work toward.

“I applaud the leadership of Utah’s Senior Senator and statesman—Orrin Hatch—for his willingness to act for the benefit of every student in Utah.  Senator Hatch worked to include important amendments to the bill that are important to our state’s economy such as STEM initiatives and other pathways for increased technology innovation and research.

“All Utahns want our students to reach grade-level literacy and numeracy by the fourth grade, which is a major priority for the business community. This bill empowers willing states to achieve this desire with improved early learning and high quality preschool experiences. It also invests in our hard working teachers with more preparation programs, including those designed to improve literacy, civics education and STEM education.

“Now, more than ever, education is the surest path to economic success. We must move Utah’s education rankings back to the top-ten in the nation and ESSA gets us closer to meeting that goal.”