U.S. Senate continues work today on education law rewrite

Source: National School Boards Association

The U.S. Senate is currently scheduled to resume consideration of S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) today at 10:30 a.m. Several more notable amendments could be considered, including: (1) Burr SA #2219, Title I formula change; (2) Murphy SA #2136, Accountability; and (3) Casey SA #2152, Strong Start for America’s Children.

On Tuesday, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) claimed victory as an amendment offered on school choice failed by a vote of 45-51.  Four senators did not vote. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), sought to allow Title I dollars to follow any eligible student who would choose to attend any public or private school within their respective district. It would have also required the U.S. Department of Education to assess graduation rates for Title I students who decide to enroll in private schools. NSBA is grateful to all of you who responded to Friday’s call to action urging senators to say “no” to private school vouchers. Your efforts make a difference!  View NSBA’s press release and NSBA coverage in The Washington Post.

The result of the amendments offered in the afternoon were as follows:

  1. Isakson SA #2194 on notifying parents about assessment participation policies, passed by a 97-0 vote.
  1. Bennet SA #2210 on limiting ESEA assessment time, approved by a voice vote.
  1. Lee SA #2162 on ESEA opt out, failed by a 32-64 vote.
  1. Franken  SA #2093 on Student Non-Discrimination Act, failed by a vote of 52 to 45. This vote needed a 60 vote threshold to pass.

Today, tune in for the live webcast of S. 1177 on the Senate floor and also follow NSBA’s updates via Twitter at https://twitter.com/NSBAComm.

View NSBA’s letter to the Senate detailing NSBA’s key priorities.

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