U.S. House approves Every Student Succeeds Act to create greater opportunities for all students

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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).

12246727_1078830588824409_4818203885894264305_nESSA is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate next week. If approved there, the bill then heads to the White House for President Obama to sign into law.

TAKE ACTION! Now is the time to contact your Senators and make your voice heard on this critical legislation!

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!

Reader Comments

  1. Even though I am a lawyer, I cannot figure out exactly what ESSA means in practical terms – can someone enlighten me? Other than allowing librarians to be part of the decision making process I cannot see anything concrete and I want to know what this law means in terms of here and now.

  2. As teacher and a mother, I ask that you please choose quality over quanity in your decision-making, on behalf of the health of OUR educational system. Thank you for your consideration.

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