By Holly Swanson
August 19, 2015
The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the ESEA, (S. 1177) was passed by the U.S. Senate on July 16, 2015. This legislation, which impacts the education and the lives of our children, was placed on the Senate calendar on July 7th and passed in less than 10 days.
The ESEA is not set in stone yet. A House and Senate conference on the final version of the ESEA is the next step and that should begin in September. Decisions regarding the final version of the ESEA need to be postponed until the American people and our political leaders have more time to understand, scrutinize and debate the objectives, outcomes and amendments attached to the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The new version of the ESEA has been adamantly opposed and remains under fire due to some controversial and far reaching goals.