Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Federal update ESEA

Good evening all,


The House just passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, 359-64. All ‘NO’ votes were Republican. The Senate will vote as early as Monday. We will follow up with a related, Senate-specific call to action.


We have attached a detailed summary of the Conference Report as prepared by CQ, a news service we subscribe to.


Thank you to everyone who contacted your member of Congress. This is a bipartisan bill and it passed the House by a much wider margin than the more partisan bill of this summer. Every call and email mattered. Thank you for taking the time, outside of your full time job, to weigh in.


Here is a statement issued by AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech:


AASA Applauds House-Passed Every Student Succeeds Act


Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 2, 2015 – Today, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) took one step closer to reauthorization when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement:


“The communities throughout our country deserve great schools. Today’s House vote represents relief from a broken law that lacked the flexibility states and local school districts need to support student learning and achievement. 


“AASA, The School Superintendents Association, endorses ESSA and we commend the House for passing this landmark legislation that preserves important federal cornerstones such as equity, accountability, standards and assessments, while empowering state and local education leaders to more effectively operate the education systems for which they are responsible.

“We commend the House and Senate for maintaining steady momentum for ESEA since this summer. We applaud Representatives John Kline and Bobby Scott, and Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray for their leadership throughout this process.


“On behalf of more than 13,000 school system leaders and, more importantly, the students they serve, we are pleased with today’s vote and look forward to a similar Senate outcome as early as next week.”

Further AASA analysis and response is available on AASA’s policy blog, The Leading Edge.




About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit




AASA Advocacy (Noelle, Sasha, Leslie)


Noelle M. Ellerson

Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy

AASA: The School Superintendents Association

1615 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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Twitter: @Noellerson


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