MSBA praises Senate’s passage of NCLB replacement bill

MSBA praises Senate’s passage of NCLB replacement bill

MSBA is delighted to announce that the U.S. Senate just passed a bill today to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind).

The Senate approved the new federal K-12 education bill — the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — on a 85-12 vote. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill 359-64 bill on December 2.

The bill now heads to President Barack Obama. President Obama is expected to sign the bill Thursday morning.

MSBA applauds Congress’ work to create the Every Student Succeeds Act. MSBA has worked with U.S. House Education Chair John Kline and with Minnesota Sen. Al Franken over the past few years to make fixes that would bring more flexibility to the federal ESEA law.

In a statement, MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind said the new act will replace a “one-size-fits-all” model with accountability for student achievement placed at the state level.

“Student achievement is still at the center of this law, but it now opens flexibility for states to direct resources to help improve outcomes for all students,” Schneidawind said.

Minnesota has worked under a waiver the past few years to target schools that need more resources, increase teacher quality and maintain critical programs in schools.

This new bill, Schneidawind said, takes some of the best qualities from what Minnesota and other states are doing and allows a more local approach to help students.

MSBA looks forward to continuing its work with the state and Congress to help education in Minnesota move forward with a modernized set of tools to help students succeed.

Visit to read Rep. Kline’s statement on the Senate’s passage of ESSA.

Go to to view Sen. Franken’s statement on the new federal education bill.

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