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The Every Student Succeeds Act vs. No Child Left Behind: What’s changed?

USA Today – Mary Troyan

“President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law Thursday, largely replacing the No Child Left Behind Act that was a hallmark of his predecessor’s domestic agenda. Lawmakers have touted the new law as a more flexible approach to student testing and school accountability, once again making states responsible for fixing under-performing schools. Here’s what’s changed in the two laws:”(more)

Senate Approves Every Student Succeeds Act, Obama to Sign

Education News – Matthew Tabor

“In a bipartisan 85-12 vote today, the United States Senate has approved the Every Student Succeeds Act — the replacement for No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — in the ESEA’s first overhaul in over a decade. ESSA represents a major shift in the influence of the federal government on education policy. States, rather than the federal government, will gain significantly more responsibility for turning around failing schools, evaluating teachers and holding schools accountable for achievement. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on Thursday.”(more)

The Congressional STEAM Caucus May Turn STEM to STEAM in the Reauthorization of ESEA

The Huffington Post – John M. Eger

“Like most you, perhaps, things just don’t seem to get done in Washington D.C. so I discounted the fact that a Congressional Caucus on STEAM, adding the arts to the call for more Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians was formed in 2013…Thanks to Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) who created the Caucus and persisted in changing the reauthorization of legislation supporting STEM initiative to recognize the enormous role of arts education. The caucus wrote the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology urging inclusion of provisions supportive of STEAM. Specifically, they asked that: “STEAM should be recognized as providing value to STEM research and programs across federal agencies through ‘Sense of Congress’ provisions and language clarifying that current research, data collection and STEM programs may include arts integration strategies and programs.””(more)

Alliance for Excellent Education Advocates ESEA Reading Support

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A report published by the Alliance for Excellent Education is urging Congress to focus on the development of literacy in students from early childhood through the twelfth grade in its rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) after finding that 60% of fourth and eighth graders in the US are struggling to learn to read. The report, The Next Chapter: Supporting Literacy Within ESEA, focuses on why students are having trouble learning to read and looks into the success behind federal efforts to improve literacy in the country…”(more)