The call came just minutes before the U.S. Senate kicked off debate on its bill and just one day after the White House said that the bill falls short on accountability.
An amendment would provide $30 billion for high-quality, full-day preschool for 4-year-olds from families earning below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Obama administration worries the House and Senate bills to rewrite ESEA don't do go far enough on accountability.
The opt-out movement hasn't really been a key issue as Congress wrestles with reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but that could change this week.
The good news? The chances of finishing a bill and getting it to the president's desk by the end of this year or early next are better than they ever, ever have been before. The bad news? It's far from a slam dunk.
Webb was a Democratic senator from 2007 to 2013, and worked on English-language learner and testing issues while in the U.S. Senate.
Just five states—Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas—opted to come up with their own turnaround models and submit them to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.
The House Rules Committee is to meet July 7 to again consider its version of the federal K-12 law's rewrite; a vote could come as early as the next day.
The big question is whether the plans submitted to the Education Department will actually make a difference when it comes to the equitable distribution of teachers.
Next week, the U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school choice.