On Thursday, November 19, House and Senate leaders participating in a joint conference committee approved a bipartisan framework to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The bipartisan bill, which will be known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, reconciles elements from H.R. 5 and S. 1177, which the House and Senate respectively passed in July. This was the first time House and Senate leaders held a conference committee on ESEA since the passage of NCLB in 2001, and it is the closest we have come to reauthorization of the law since it expired in 2007.
The conference committee was composed of a bipartisan group of legislators from the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (more…)