U.S. Senate to Begin Debate on Modernization of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on Tuesday, July 7

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have announced that the U.S. Senate will take up their bipartisan agreement to fix No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, July 7.  The Senators said in a press release that they look forward to an open debate on the Every Child Achieves Act (the Senate version of the ESEA modernization bill), which passed unanimously out of committee in April.

Click HERE for the Senate legislation.

School board members are encouraged to please contact your U.S. Senators and members of Congress to encourage continued action to modernize ESEA, which is long-overdue for re-authorization.  The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has prepared this sample message, which can be used for talking points in your conversations and correspondence with your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

The Student Success Act (the House’s ESEA modernization bill) is pending.  The House debated the bill but a final House vote has not yet occurred. The NSBA indicates it will continue its work to influence the legislation, which includes several provisions supporting local school board governance and flexibility.