Education bill heads to U.S. Senate on Tuesday

Education bill heads to U.S. Senate on Tuesday

Source: Politico Pro

The U.S. Senate plans to take up the No Child Left Behind replacement bill — the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — on Tuesday said Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Alexander also reiterated his confidence that the NCLB replacement will receive wide support: “It had a huge bipartisan vote earlier this year and I expect another one next Tuesday,” Alexander said, adding that he doesn’t expect many surprises as the bill passes back through the chamber. This will be the last stop for the education bill before it heads to President Barack Obama’s desk for a signature.

School board trivia: Six of the conferees on the bill were former school board members, National School Boards Association (NSBA) President Thomas Gentzel tells Morning Education: Sen. Patty Murray and Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Susan Davis, Virginia Foxx, Glenn Thompson and Frederica Wilson. NSBA is, no surprise, celebrating the bill for increasing local control over education. It “recognizes there is a strong national interest in ensuring that all groups of students are being served” while empowering states and localities, Gentzel said.

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