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NEA president welcomes Congressional plans to take next step in ESEA reauthorization

WASHINGTON - November 13, 2015 -

NEA president Lily Eskelsen García today reacted to published media reports about a tentative deal among House and Senate education leaders to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The National Education Association has been engaged in an unprecedented mobilization and advocacy campaign on behalf of its members and the nation’s students for years now to close the chapter on the failed No Child Left Behind law and write a new federal education law that provides more opportunity for all students.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“Today we are a step closer to rewriting a federal education law that commits America to the success of every student regardless of ZIP code. While we welcome this progress, our work is not done. We look forward to working with the Congressional conference committee members to ensure that we produce a bill that, when signed by the president, gives every student the opportunity, support, tools, and time to learn.” 


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