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 supports Every Student Succeeds Act

The new federal education bill will create greater opportunity for every student to succeed, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said Tuesday. The bill, a reauthorization of the old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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