U.S. Senate ushers in new era in public education with historic vote

The U.S. Senate Wednesday approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week. “Today, the U.S. Senate took a bold and historic step to usher in a new era in public education,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

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New federal education law on verge of passage

The new federal education law – known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week and is expected to be taken up by the Senate next week. The law, which replaces the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind law (also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), reflects the National Education Association’s core principles.

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NEA president encouraged by progress in fixing broken federal education law

After months of speculation and work, the U.S. Senate and House conference committee Thursday jointly approved the staff recommendations as amended to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for the first time in years. The House of Representatives is planning to take up the conference committee recommendation after the Thanksgiving break. The Senate is expected to follow.

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