by Brian Washington
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Thanks to your hard work, the students of this nation are one step closer to a new federal education law that provides opportunity for all those attending our public schools.
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan and bicameral bill designed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind.
Utah educator and NEA President Lily Eskelsen called the move a historic step—one that will help usher in a new era of public education.
On behalf of NEA’s three million members, we offer our strong support for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
For the first time since No Child Left Behind was enacted nearly 14 years ago, ESSA empowers educators as trusted professionals to make school and classroom decisions while keeping the focus on students most in need. The bill also reduces the amount of standardized testing in schools and, most importantly, decouples high-stakes decision-making and statewide standardized tests so that so students have more time to learn and teachers have more time to teach. Last, ESSA begins to close the opportunity gaps for students by providing a new accountability system that includes an ‘opportunity dashboard’ with – for the first time – indicators of school success and student support.
We applaud the U.S. House for getting the job done and doing what works for students, educators, and public education. We urge the Senate to follow suit and send a bill to the president that gives every student the opportunity, support, tools, and time to learn.
Click here to find why educators across the country support the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177).
TAKE ACTION! Now is the time to contact your Senators and make your voice heard on this critical legislation!
- Send an email to your U.S. Senators by going to GetESEARight.com;
- Tweet your senators by clicking here;
- Call them using this toll free number: 1-866-331-7233; and
- Print your #GetESEARight poster and share on social media.
Don’t underestimate the power of your voice. It’s because of actions that people just like you have already taken on behalf of students that we’ve been able to come this far. This year, educators have made nearly half a million individual contacts to members of Congress. However, we can’t stop now. Tell lawmakers why it’s time to #GetESEARight TODAY!