Today the U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA/S. 1177) with a vote of 85-12, with all 12 “No” votes from Republicans. The U.S. House passed the bill on December 2, with a vote of 359 – 64, with all 64 “No” votes from Republicans. CEC is pleased that many of the provisions included in the legislation for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents support equity, access and excellence. There are compromises in the Act but overall the passage of S. 1177 offers a stronger path forward for children and youth with exceptionalities than the outdated No Child Left Behind Act. CEC stands ready to work with CEC members at the state and local level to provide support in the implementation of the Act. The bill will go to President Obama, who is expected to sign it as soon as Thursday given the statements of support from the U.S. Secretary of Education and the White House Press Secretary.
CEC thanks its members for their steadfast advocacy over the last decade despite Congressional delays in the reauthorization process.
Read Statements from Congressional HELP Committee and Members:
- Alexander, Murray: Senate Passes Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, 85-12
- Alexander: Senate Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act is “a Big Christmas Present” for 50 Million Students
- Alexander Hails Senate Passage of Legislation to “Reverse Trend Toward a National School Board”
- Murray: Every Student Succeeds Act Will Improve and Expand Access to Early Learning Programs
- Kline Applauds Senate Passage of K-12 Education Bill
- Scott Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind