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Daily Dish: House Passes Every Student Succeeds Act, One Step Closer to Leaving #NCLB Behind

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December 03, 2015 02:49 pm

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) yesterday, the bipartisan legislation to the replace No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill passed by a vote of 359 to 64, with all House democrats voting in favor, and 178 republicans voting in favor and 64 voting against. The Senate will likely vote on the bill early next week, after which the President is expected to sign it into law.

A special edition of the Alliance’s Federal Flash series explores some of the major changes ESSA will have on federal education policy, and details some of the key differences between ESSA and NCLB. These include the shift of power from federal to state control in several areas, accountability, the role of waivers, and how the bill aims to support low performing student subgroups. Watch the Flash episode below:

Before the House vote, the Alliance released a letter of support for the bill, detailing positives within the legislation. Yesterday, Alliance President Bob Wise shared his thoughts on ESSA and how the legislation aims to continue increasing high school graduation rate and support the nation’s students.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressed his enthusiasm that the bill will serve all students, regardless of where they live. He was quoted in the Washington Post as saying: “We are encouraged that the bill passed by the House today would codify the vision that we have long advocated for giving a fair shot at a great education to every child in America – regardless of zip code…[the bill] reflects more of that vision than nearly any observer expected.”

As the Post notes, the House was seen as the hurdle the bill needed to jump, due to resistance from conservative Republicans who believe the legislation did not do enough to reduce the federal role in education. ESSA was a result of bipartisan efforts, emphasized Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, who said: “To make progress, you find common ground. But make no mistake: We compromised on the details, and we did not compromise our principles.”

More to follow in the coming days as ESSA continues on the legislative train!

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