Federal Education Law Reauthorization Update

From the National School Boards Association (NSBA)

The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), the House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/No Child Left Behind), await floor votes in their respective chambers.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is completing its report on S. 1177, which was passed unanimously by the Committee in April.

NSBA is engaged in ongoing discussions with Senate Committee staff and offices in preparation for floor consideration, which may begin this month.  We anticipate a number of amendments regarding the Title I grant program for disadvantaged students, as well as others regarding graduation rates, school climate, and more.

As we await the House and Senate floor action and subsequent House-Senate conference committee negotiations to reconcile differences between the two bills, please continue the dialogue with your members of Congress and encourage further action to modernize ESEA.  Find a sample message at the NSBA Legislative Action Center, which you can use for talking points in your meetings, telephone calls and emails to your members of Congress and their staff.  NSBA’s comparison chart regarding the House and Senate ESEA bills provides further details.