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July 16, 2015

Well, the time for hearing amendments is over. The Senate passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 reauthorization, known as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.

The vote was 81-17:

Let me just post the “nays.” It’s easier:

Blunt (R-MO), Booker (D-NJ), Crapo (R-ID), Cruz (R-TX), Daines (R-MT), Flake (R-AZ), Lee (R-UT), Moran (R-KS), Murphy (D-CT), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Rubio (R-FL), Sasse (R-NE), Scott (R-SC), Shelby (R-AL), Vitter (R-LA), Warren (D-MA)

Not voting:  Graham (R-SC), Nelson (D-FL)

The bill received more Democratic votes than I thought it would.

Though the vote is in, I will continue to post on the amendments that made it to the floor in these last two days.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, newly published on June 12, 2015.

both books


  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    Thanks for this effort. Big job, well done, timely reports much appreciated.

  2. Many thanks for your efforts to keep us up to date on ESEA!!!

  3. Mike permalink

    Yes, thanks for all the info you provided.

    What happened to the Tester gradespan testing amendment?

    The No votes come from across the ideological spectrum, from Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, to Elizabeth Warren. I would be interested in hearing the reasons given by senators for their No votes. (Especially Elizabeth Warren, but I would be interested in hearing about other No voters as well.) Do you have any such information? Thank you.

  4. Does anyone but me think it odd that all 3 candidates for President voted against ECAA? Do they know something the rest of the legislators don’t know? Of course they don’t. They all know S1177 is a bad bill but these 3 Senators knew better than to vote for it because of the enormous citizen opposition. The opposition the rest of them decided to ignore. This convinces me even more that our elected officials are all actors in DC Kabuki theater and sorry I have to include Cruz, Paul and Rubio on that stage.

    • Sanders voted in favor. As for the Republican presidential hopefuls, they could as easily be voting against because they knew it would pass and saw it as an opportunity to excuse themselves from any responsibility associated with the bill in the future.

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