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Bipartisan Legislation Makes Social and Emotional Learning a National Education Priority

(Washington, DC) — Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI), Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL), and Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced the introduction of HB 4223, the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act, new legislation that authorizes the US Department of Education to establish programs and allocate funds to:

  • Establish a National Technical Assistance and Training Center for Social and Emotional Learning
  • Provide Grants to Support Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning Programming
  • Conduct a National Evaluation of School-Based Social and Emotional Learning Programming

“In today’s increasingly competitive economy, our children deserve more than an academically challenging environment—they need the 21st century skills of creative thinking and problem solving,” said Congressman Kildee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. “That is why I joined my colleagues to introduce the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act. This bipartisan legislation builds on recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) that families, schools, and communities all need to work together to create an environment that facilitates healthy development for children. By making social and emotional leaning part of every child’s education, we are giving the next generation the skills they need for productive and confident lives.”

Read the full press release here. (PDF download)