ESEA Reauthorization

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No Child Left Behind is almost over!

The House-Senate ESEA conference committee has voted to approve the framework agreement for ESEA reauthorization! The conference committee voted on amendments and then voted to adopt the framework agreement by a vote of 39-1. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the ‘no’ vote.

Since Congress works in mysterious ways, the conference committee wasn’t voting on an actual bill but on a framework. While we will not see official bill language until November 30th, this framework agreement does seem to address our core goals of closing opportunity gaps, decreasing the time spent on testing, giving students more time to learn and teachers to teach, and includes educators’ voices in the decision making process.

The framework agreement is on the way to the House and Senate floor now! The House is expected to vote as early as December 2nd followed by a Senate vote the week of December 7th.

We need your help to make sure the reauthorization is complete. We need each of you to contact your members of Congress. Go to to send an email, or call 1-866-331-7233 to urge your members of Congress to VOTE YES on the ESEA conference agreement!

Here are some things you can do in order to help shape the language in the ESEA bill now moving through Congress.

  • Sign up for a Legislative Action Center alert to push the Senate to Get ESEA Right:
  • Join the new texting program:  NEA has launched a text program to provide real time updates and calls to action. By texting the keyword STUDENTS to 83224, NEA members can opt-in to the program.  (Note: “Mobile alerts from NEA. Periodic messages. NEA does not charge for these updates, but your carrier's message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 83224 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 83224 for more information.”)
  • 10-minute worksite meetings:  During the next 2-weeks, hold as many 10-minute meetings in worksites as possible to get others involved and update your colleagues of ESEA language.
  • View a primer video explaining ESEA reauthorization and motivating members to action: