Congress: Get ESEA done—for America’s students

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by Brian Washington

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“Please pass a final bill that focuses on opportunity for all students, no matter their ZIP code. Great progress has already been made on this legislation. We can’t let it slip away. Our students cannot wait any longer for a revised law.”

This is some of the language connected to a new digital ad campaign that is urging lawmakers to finish the job and approve a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind.

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ESEA digital ad

The ads, which began running this week, will appear on various social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. The campaign will target congressional members and staff as well as D.C. opinion-makers.

The campaign is being sponsored by a coalition of ten national education groups, including the National Education Association, which represents more than 3 million active and retired educators nationwide.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, a classroom teacher from Utah and NEA President, says now is the time for Congress to put the future of our children first and finish the job it started.

“If Congress is serious about every child’s bright future, let’s get serious about putting kids first,” said Eskelsen. “Now is the time to finish the job and deliver a bipartisan education bill to the president’s desk right away. Students can’t afford to live another year under the failed No Child Left Behind law.”

This is not the first time the coalition has worked together. Earlier this year, they sent a joint letter to Capitol Hill with basically the same message for lawmakers—finalize the bill and finish the job.

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have already passed their own versions of ESEA. But before a final bill can be approved and sent to the White House, the bill must head to a conference committee for lawmakers to work out differences.

Reader Comments

  1. Children need a final bill. And, the bill must deal with issues such as discipline. The US needs to expand the system to make sure all students are being properly educated.

  2. US Congress

    With due respect ,Lady and Gentleman
    Honorees
    Today I come to you to as you to; Please work together with the same bipartisanship to craft a final bill. Education should be a number one priority , preparing children as early as possible and giving the education that
    will help them move forward in each curriculum.
    Student need Congress now, to act for the Education they need and deserve.
    Thank you for your time and reconsideration and consideration with so many children that need an education as soon as possible.

    Sincerely ,
    Maria Celia Hernandez 11-7-2015

  3. US Congress
    Law makers
    Please act swiftly, and work together with the same bipartisanship to craft a final bill. Education is a # one priority , preparing children as early as possible and giving the education that
    will help them move forward in each curriculum.
    Student need Congress now, to act for the Education they need and deserve.
    Thank you for your time and reconsideration and consideration with so many children that need an education as soon as possible.
    Sincerely ,Maria Celia Hernandez 11-7-2015

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