What is ESEA?
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Law, also commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is the primary source of federal aid to K-12 education across the country. ESEA was initially enacted in 1965 and was most recently updated, or reauthorized, in 2001 with the passage of NCLB. ESEA is currently seven years overdue for reauthorization and both the House and Senate have begun work to update the law this year.
Why should I pay attention?
Because, beginning at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will begin marking up the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, the Senate bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A summary of the bill produced by the Senate Committee may be viewed here.
Last month, the House of Representatives also began consideration of its ESEA reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act, but the bill was pulled without a final vote.
What names should I know?
Senator Lamar Alexander – Republican from Tennessee and Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee. Worked with Sen. Patty Murray to develop the bipartisan Senate ESEA reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act.
Senator Patty Murray – Democrat from Washington State and Ranking Member, or most Senior Minority Member of the Senate HELP Committee. Worked with Sen. Lamar Alexander to develop the bipartisan Senate ESEA reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act.
Representative John Kline – Republican from Minnesota and Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Author of the House ESEA reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act.
Representative Bobby Scott – Democrat from Virginia and Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Opposed to the House Student Success Act. Offered Democrat substitute to the Student Success Act.
Secretary Arne Duncan – U.S. Secretary of Education. Commends Senators Alexander and Murray for coming together to introduce the Every Child Achieves Act but urges Congress to do more to strengthen the bill.