The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan, bicameral bill Wednesday by a vote of 359-64 to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S.1177).
MSBA applauds the work to create the Every Student Succeeds. MSBA has been working with U.S. House Education Chair John Kline and with Minnesota Sen. Al Franken over the past years to make fixes that would bring more flexibility to the federal ESEA law.
MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind said the new act will replace a “one-size-fits-all” model with accountability for student achievement placed at the state level.
“Student achievement is still at the center of this law, but it now opens flexibility for states to send resources to help improve outcomes for all students,” Schneidawind said.
Minnesota has worked under a waiver the past few years to target schools that need more resources, increase teacher quality and maintain critical programs in schools. This new bill, Schneidawind said, takes some of the best qualities from what Minnesota and other states are doing and allows a more local approach to help students.
MSBA looks forward to continuing its work with the state and Congress to help education in Minnesota move forward with a modernized set of tools to help students succeed.
The bill is expected be voted on next week in the U.S. Senate.
View a press release from the National School Boards Association for more information.
What will this mean for states and school districts? See NSBA’s ESSA Transition Timetable and Frequently Asked Questions: A Local School Board Primer to identify and summarize key provisions of ESSA.