Yesterday in an historic milestone for local governance and Minnesota’s local school board members, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. With the signing of this bill, we have rewritten the history of the No Child Left Behind Act and returned responsibility for school accountability back to the states and local school districts.
MSBA applauds lawmakers for listening and responding to our school board members to end the unrealistic requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.
A special thank you to Minnesota’s Representative John Kline and Senator Al Franken for leading the effort to reauthorize the ESEA, which was long overdue. Their bipartisan leadership and willingness to act in the best interests of students, parents and local communities is what we expect from our elected officials — and they delivered.
A big thank you to the Minnesota school board members who advocated and encouraged Congress to pass a bill that President Obama that would sign. That was the message our board members brought to Washington D.C., beginning in February. It is gratifying to see our efforts paid off and have become a reality.
- Click here to access NSBA’s ESSA Transition Timetable and FAQ: A Local School Board Primer.
- Click here for NSBA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Tool Kit.