Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will take the helm of the Senate committee that oversees education as Democrats effectively take control of that chamber with a 50-50 split with Republicans.
Murray will replace retired Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), with whom she wrote the massive legislation called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the Bush-era No Child Left Behind.
As Education Week notes, Murray is a staunch supporter of assessment and accountability in government schools in order to ensure low-income and minority students receive the same advantages as white and Asian students.
Speaking on the Senate floor about the senseless, repeated killings of Black people—including by police—that have led to the massive outpouring of anger we see across the country, & the work ahead to start living up to our ideals of equality and justice. https://t.co/3QmexvSjpk
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) June 11, 2020
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