Senator Fred Thompson - News Release

Thompson Praises Final Passage of Education Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) today voted for final passage of The Leave No Child Behind Act, legislation based on President Bush's education reform proposal.

"The Leave No Child Behind Act sets an important new direction for federal education policy," Thompson said. "The combination of flexibility, accountability, and choice provided by the Act is a significant step towards ensuring that all of our students receive a quality education.

"The legislation enhances local control by providing unprecedented flexibility in the ways that states and local communities can spend federal education dollars," Thompson said. "It increases parental involvement by providing new choices to parents of children in failing schools and in bilingual education programs, and it strives to ensure results by requiring testing to determine how our schools are doing and corrective actions when those tests show that our schools are not serving our children. This bipartisan bill is an important accomplishment for the President and will make a real difference in the lives of our schoolchildren."