House Adopts Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
“The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and is a long overdue step to revitalize our education system. The spirit of NCLB is that every student counts, and with this new bill, we are poised to capture that same essence while improving upon its failures and drawbacks.
The adoption of this Conference Report marks the end of the overly rigid, one size-fits-all accountability system which has severely burdened school districts and teachers. It gives states the flexibility to create accountability systems that work for their students, ending the federal government’s punitive role in education. This bipartisan, bicameral agreement replaces 49 unsuccessful and often confusing federal programs and empowers parents by providing greater school choice. This bill will also prohibit the Secretary of Education from imposing requirements on states and schools which will give teachers the liberty to create more personalized lesson plans.
I am proud that this Conference Report included my provision which will grant English Language Learners additional time to become proficient in reading and math, but still requires that every student is counted. I thank Chairman Kline and the Members of the Education and Workforce Committee for their diligent work to create a bill that puts children, not Washington Bureaucrats, at the center of America’s education system.”
In addition, the Miami Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho offered the following quote in support of the adoption of this Conference Report:
"We are proud of the leadership exhibited by Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for their tireless efforts in protecting good policy that benefits urban education, concentrated Title I investments in high poverty areas, as well as continued support for English language learners.”
The House adopted the Conference Report to S.1177 on December 2, 2015 by a vote of 359-64 and the Senate is expected to follow suit in the in the next several days. The Conference Report will then be presented to President Obama for his signature into law.