WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a 85-12 vote, sending the bill to President Obama’s desk. ESSA ends the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and also revamps education programs across the country.
In addition to repealing the common core mandate, ESSA includes language sponsored by Burr that will fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina’s teachers and schools, but also the low-income students they serve across our state. The funding fix will add $24 million each year for school programs.
“This is a big deal,” said Sen. Burr. “Making sure that low-income children regardless of where they live get their fair share of funding could be the education civil rights issue of our generation. Congress has the obligation to properly fund schools that need this funding the most. It will bring an additional $24 million per year in funding to poorest children in North Carolina and put a stop to the Common Core mandate.”
Education officials in North Carolina have said that the additional funding could allow school districts to hire teacher assistants.
Today’s vote marks the final stop before heading to the President’s desk.