Every Student Succeeds Act Conference Report Approved by Senate

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today announced the Senate approved the Every Student Success Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that contains his language to permanently end the federal government's ability to use any incentive or tool of coercion to force states to adopt Common Core – or any future set of standards.

"I'm pleased Congress has finally passed legislation to permanently end Washington's Common Core mandate and give decisions about education back to those closest to the children," said Roberts. "When we began our efforts to fix the broken No Child Left Behind Law, I made it clear that I believed our children receive the best possible education when decisions are made at the local and state level. Washington has no business dictating to states and school districts what is best for the students they serve. This bill will restore that responsibility back to states, local school districts, superintendents, principals, teachers, local school boards, parents and students."

Roberts recorded a brief statement on the bill, which can be viewed by clicking the image below or downloaded here.

The Every Student Succeeds Act passed the Senate by a vote of 85-12, after passing the U.S. House of Representatives last week by a vote of 359-64. This is the first reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 2001 and will "fix the broken No Child Left Behind." The House and the Senate each passed their own versions of the bills earlier this year. The Every Student Succeeds Act is the conference agreement between both chambers. The president is expected to sign the legislation this week.

Roberts spoke on the original Senate legislation when it was debated earlier this year and commended education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) for his work on the bill and "for including my language because it will prohibit the administration from finding additional ways to promote a state's adoption of Common Core." To view that video, click here.

Roberts' legislation, the Learning Opportunities Created At the Local (LOCAL) Level Act was introduced in January and was included in the final Senate-passed bill. His legislation will preserve state education autonomy by explicitly prohibiting the federal government from coercing or incentivizing states to adopt education standards like Common Core. Text of that bill can be found here.