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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) PASSES SENATE. ESSA is (almost) law.

December 9, 2015

On December 09, 2015, the US Senate voted 85-12 to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) in the form of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

All that is left is for President Obama to sign it into law– which he is expected to do at this point.

As was true when ESSA passed the House one week prior, on December 02, 2015, the only votes against ESSA in the Senate came from a handful of Republicans. In the case of the Senate vote, there were three abstentions, all from presidential hopefuls: Rubio, Cruz, and Sanders. A politically safe choice for 2016 Oval Office ambition.

The ESSA document is 1,061 pages long. The public was able to see it for the first time on November 30, 2015.

I have already written a few posts on the content of ESSA. I anticipate that my next post will be an examination of just how much distance states might put between the testing mandates of this new ESSA and the worn out ESEA reauthorization it replaces, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Stay tuned.

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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?, published in June 2015.

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  1. Nancy EH permalink

    The President still has to sign it. Although he is expected to do so, the ESSA won’t be law until he does.


  2. I am disappointed to see every Democrat without exception support expanding the charter school led privatization of public education and the continued mandating of testing.

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