Update on ESEA Reauthorization: Every Child Achieves Act

On July 16, the Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act with a vote of 81-17. The Senate sent a strong signal today that teachers and students should have access to the the technology, including digital content and open educational resources, required to help learners meet states rigorous college and career ready standards.

Below is additional information related to the Every Child Achieves Act including details on amendments and next steps in the process.

Amendments Approved by Voice Vote

•    2082 – Hatch (R-UT) amendment to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 relating to early learning.
•    2106 – Warren (D-MA) amendment to amend title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include specialized instructional support personnel in the literacy development of children.
•    2130 – Schatz (D-HI) amendment to amend title I to support assessments of school facilities.
•    2186 – Murphy (D-CT) amendment to establish the Promise Neighborhoods program.
•    2215 – Nelson (D-FL) amendment to include partnering with current and recently retired STEM professionals and tailoring educational resources to engage students and teachers in STEM (as modified with the changes at the desk).
•    2222 – Manchin (D-WV) amendment to amend the State requirements of section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to support children facing substance abuse in the home.
•    2231 – Boozman (R-AR) amendment to support professional development of teachers, principals, and other school leaders to integrate academic and career and technical education content into instructional practices.
•    2188 – Baldwin (D-WI) amendment to ensure States will ensure the unique needs of students at all levels of schooling.
•    2156 – Capito (D-WV) amendment to amend the State report card under section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on 1965 to include the rates of enrollment in postsecondary education, and remediation rates, for high schools.
•    2232 – Thune (R-SD) amendment to allow LEAs and higher education institutions to use Project SERV funds to initiate or strengthen violence prevention activities.
•    2256 – King (I-ME) amendment to amend the definitions of eligible technology and technology readiness survey and to provide a restriction of funds.
•    2240 – Schatz (D-HI) amendment to authorize a study to evaluate all levels of education being provided primarily through the medium of Native languages and to require a report of the findings, within the context of the findings, purposes, and provisions of the Native American Languages Act.
•    2249 – Warren (D-MA) amendment to cross tabulate academic performance on state report cards by race, ethnicity, English proficiency, and students with or without disabilities.
•    2095 – Peters (D-MI) amendment on financial literacy.

Roll Call Votes


•   Coons (D-DE)/Rubio (R-FL) “American Dream Account” Act amendment to create a personal online account for low-income students that monitors higher education readiness and includes a college savings account. Agreed to: 68-30.
•    Burr (R-NC) amendment to make Title I funding formula adjustments (as modified with changes at the desk).  Agreed to: 59-39.
•    2100 – Brown (D-OH) amendment to amend title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a full-service community schools grant program. Agreed to: 53-44.

Not Agreed

•    2180 – Cruz (R-TX) amendment to provide for State-determined assessment and accountability systems, and for other purposes. Not agreed to: 40-58
•    2177 – Sanders (I-VT) amendment to provide for youth jobs, and for other purposes. Not agreed to: 43-55.
•    2242 – Casey (D-PA) Strong Start for America’s Children Act amendment to provide universal prekindergarten access. Not agreed to: 45-52.

Next Steps:

The Senate HELP Committee and House Education and the Workforce Committee leaders must now develop a strategy and timeline for conferencing S.1177 and H.R. 5.
For comparison, the full Senate approved its version of No Child Left Behind on June 14, 2001 and the House-Senate NCLB Conference report just over six months later on December 18, 2001. President Bush signed the law on January 8, 2002. Although the political landscape is much more treacherous in 2015, a similar timeline for House-Senate negotiations related to S.1177 and H.R. 5 can occur.  However,  there is a chance that this process could grind to a complete halt as well.

Fingers crossed…….

For More Information:

U.S. Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act, End of NCLB Era Draws Closer on NEA Today at http://neatoday.org/2015/07/16/u-s-senate-passes-every-child-achieves-act-end-of-nclb-era-draws-closer/

Every Child Achieves Act Summary at http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/The_Every_Child_Achieves_Act_of_2015–summary.pdf

Every Child Achieves Act  bill at http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/S_EveryChildAchievesActof2015.pdf

Statement from Arne Duncan on Passage of Every Child Achieves Act  http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/statement-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan-senate-passage-every-child-achieves-act

Revising the No Child Left BehindAct:  Issue by Issue on Education Week at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/07/revising_the_no_child_left_beh.html

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