Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to pass the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act. This common sense legislation makes meaningful investments in Illinois schools and takes an important step toward replacing the broken No Child Left Behind Act.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, that’s why I was proud to join a bipartisan coalition of leaders who came together to help our students succeed,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “By making significant investments in preschool programs, increasing local control to eliminate unnecessary testing requirements and taking meaningful steps to close the achievement gap that exists in too many communities, we’re building a better future for all of our children.”
The Every Student Succeeds Act repeals the one-size-fits-all federal accountability system and gives states more autonomy to identify and provide assistance to low-performing schools and school districts. Additionally, It gives states and school districts the option to eliminate testing requirements that are proven unnecessary and do not contribute to student learning. This bill also includes provisions to provide adequate and flexible funding to rural schools, and maintains authorization of the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program and the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program. Finally, the Every Student Succeeds Act includes federal funding for states to improve coordination, quality, and access to early childhood education programs such as preschool.