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Daily Dish: Understanding How Boehner’s Resignation Impacts Passage of No Child Left Behind Rewrite

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October 02, 2015 04:37 pm


A week has passed since House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation, and since then much speculations has arisen around how this will impact the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now known as No Child Left Behind. Upon this news last week, Alliance President Bob Wise shared his thoughts on the matter based on the current situation and his past experience, having been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years and in office the last time a speaker resigned in 1989. As Wise explained, with Boehner’s resignation, the ability to secure Republication votes for a bill that will have to satisfy both House Democrats and President Obama becomes slim to none.

Today’s Federal Flash segment breaks down the process of passing ESEA by the numbers, detailing the votes and support needed to push the bill through. Check out why “218” is the magic number when it comes to ESEA in the video below:


Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who announced today that he will step down in December, expressed his view that he too believes that it is unlikely that Congress will replace No Child Left Behind after Boehner’s decision to retire. The Washington Post reported that Duncan said that the chances for the passage of a new law were “maybe 50-50” after a speech at the National Press Club. According to the article, Duncan said: “Now it’s probably worse, not better, very disappointing. I’d be happy to be proven wrong there. I hope we can get there. I think that task, that journey, just got harder in the past week.”

As the Federal Flash video points out, a number of groups are flexing their muscles to urge Congress to finish ESEA. Multiple education organizations representing chief state school officers, principals, school board members and parents sent a letter imploring the lead ESEA negotiators on Capitol Hill to finish the work that was started and not lose focus on the needs of students. Mary Kusler, chief lobbyist for one of those organizations, the National Education Association, was quoted in The Boehner effect and No Child Left Behind, an article in The Washington Post, saying that people are now going to get serious about finishing the reauthorization, and getting it done before Boehner leaves.

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