Rep. Curbelo Amendment Included in New Education Overhaul Law
“The passage of ESSA represents the first major overhaul of K-12 education policies in the United States since 'No Child Left Behind' became law in 2002. While maintaining the spirit of 'No Child Left Behind,' ESSA improves upon its weaknesses. I am proud that the new law includes my provision to allow English Language Learners additional time to become proficient in reading and math, but still ensures that each child is represented.
This law illustrates the end of a one size-fits-all system that has 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. Lastly, ESSA 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.”
The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.