Left behind no more

The people have spoken:

  • 216,000 emails
  • 15,000 phone calls to Congress
  • 32,000 tweets
  • 26,000 petition signers

The result: The U.S. Senate voted 81-17 on July 16 to pass the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act.

Among other things, it provides more opportunity for all students, and reduces the high-stakes associated with standardized tests. The NEA declared that it “returns decision-making to the people who know the names of the students they educate — a paradigm shift from No Child Left Behind that will help restore the original focus on providing opportunities for all students, especially those most in need.”

The House of Representatives passed its own version (voting 218-213), the Student Success Act. The House tweaked it with help from educators, with an amendment to protect schools from being punished when parents choose to opt their children out of standardized tests.

Now members from the Senate and the House will meet in conference to hammer out a final bill that, if approved by both chambers, will then be sent to the White House. You can read more here and here.