Update on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Since April, Congress has been working to rewrite the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). On July 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act, introduced by Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, by a 218-213 vote. The following week, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan compromise forged by Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington—the Every Child Achieves Act. Both the House and Senate bills have much in common, but also diverge on a few critical issues, such as school choice, accountability and national student test opt-outs.

This webinar provides a briefing on the history of ESEA, details on the transformation of federal education policy by NCLB, an update on the key ESEA differences currently being debated, and insights into what longstanding implications the new federal education policies will have for state governments.

Update on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Presented by CSG South/SLC
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m. EDT



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Christopher T. Cross
Partner, Cross & Joftus, LLC

Distinguished senior fellow, Education Commission of the States

Patrick McGuinn, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Drew University 
Senior research specialist, Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Nick Jacobs 
Budget and policy analyst, Federal Funds Information for States


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