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On Thursday, December 10, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NSBA, which was represented at the bill signing, hails the new education law as a historic win for restoring local governance in public education.
The House-Senate Conference Committee released its legislation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization Monday. The House is expected to consider the legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, followed by the Senate. NSBA sent this letter to House leadership in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act to update and modernize ESEA.
In a historic move today, the House-Senate Conference Committee approved S. 1177 - the long-awaited reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with amendments- by a vote of 39 Yeas to 1 Nay.
Congress passed a two-year budget agreement this week that will enable the federal government to avoid another round of across-the-board budget cuts through sequestration and address the debt ceiling, which affects the government's ability to finance expenditures and obligations. The agreement is the result of negotiations between the White House and congressional leaders who vowed to avert another government shutdown.
On Thursday, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that he would not seek election for the Speaker of the House position that is being vacated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) at the end of October. The announcement was made after a closed door meeting among House Republicans members on the day the election for the new Speaker was to be held.
House Oversight and Government Reform passed the “Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization (SOAR) Act,” (H.R. 10) by a party-line vote of 16-14 today. The SOAR Act, sponsored by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), would reauthorize for five years the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program, the only federally-funded voucher program. The program provides parents of students in the District of Columbia with taxpayer-funded vouchers for tuition, fees, and transportation expenses to attend a private school of their choice.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the election to replace him as Speaker will take place on October 8. This announcement comes after Speaker Boehner stated that he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress on October 30. Speaker Boehner served as the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee for five years and shepherded the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
As of October 1st (which is the beginning of Fiscal Year 2016), Congress has not passed a final Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill for K-12 education programs and the U.S. Department of Education. Instead, Congress approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to maintain federal operations and prevent a government shutdown.
House and Senate Leaders began to negotiate a stop-gap funding measure to prevent a government shutdown at the end of this month. While House and Senate Appropriations Committees have reported their respective bills to fund education and other programs in Fiscal Year 2016, there is concern about budget caps that would impose another round of across- the-board cuts through sequestration. Therefore the proposed stop-gap funding measure, also known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), would fund the federal government beyond the end of the fiscal year.