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 now 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 (final-Education Federal law) is 1,061 pages long. The public was able to see it for the first time on November 30, 2015.
We have already shared a few posts on the content of ESSA. Many of us anticipate that our 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).
We are ready for the challenge. So Stay tuned.