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December 10, 2015

President Obama just signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. This law will usher in the most sweeping, positive changes to public education policy in nearly two decades, from pre-K through college.

Today marks the beginning of a joint responsibility for public education, as opposed to the top-down accountability we’ve experienced since the passage of No Child Left Behind.

Congress maintained the best of the original intent of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—targeting funding to support the disadvantaged schools and children who need it most—and slammed the door on federally prescribed high-stakes testing.

Join the AFT’s national officers and a special guest from the White House policy team for a telephone town hall Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Eastern time to discuss this new law and our next steps. RSVP today.

ESSA represents a significant course correction acknowledging that more than a decade's worth of education reforms based on test-and-sanction policies were a failure, and sends a strong signal to states that these failed policies should not be pursued.