On Thursday December 10, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, replacing No Child Left Behind as the nation’s major federal education law. The president had high praise for Congress’s work, calling it nothing less than a “Christmas miracle.” Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association went further, saying that she was “having Christmas…the Fourth of July…a happy Hanukkah.”
Nor were they alone. The bill passed the House and the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, with the key negotiators from both parties claiming to be happy with their compromise. Interest groups ranging from the National School Boards Association to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, from the National Governors Association to the major civil rights groups, all issued statements of approval.
On this episode of the EdNext podcast, Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute joins Ed Next Executive Editor Marty West to discuss the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Who were the real winners and losers in this deal? And what happens next?