America Forward: Update on ESEA

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is moving quickly through the legislative process in Washington, DC. Below is an update on the latest developments on Capitol Hill.

What’s the latest?

On Wednesday, July 8, both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives made progress on moving forward their respective bills to update ESEA.

House of Representatives

In the House, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) was debated and passed the House. The final vote was close, passing by just five votes: 218-213. The House Democrats were joined by 27 House Republicans in voting against the bill. But ultimately, the House Republican leadership prevailed in passing the bill.

Read America Forward’s statement on passage of the Student Success Act.


In contrast to the party-line activity in the House, the Senate is continuing to move forward on a bipartisan path forward. Today, the Senate continued debate on the bipartisan S. 1177, Every Child Achieves Act. Amendments were debated and voted on—of the eight amendments voted on today, six passed and two failed. The Senate still has a good deal of work to do, with more than 40 amendments filed by Senators and more expected, some of which will likely be on contentious issues like school vouchers and strengthening accountability provisions in the bill. The Senate will continue to work through amendments during Thursday’s session and the coming days.

What are people talking about?

How can I stay informed?

You can watch the Senate Floor activity here and the House Floor activity here.

Also, follow the America Forward Team on Twitter for live updates:




The Penn Hill Group will also be posting live updates from the markup throughout the week here.

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