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Controversial since becoming law in 2002 as the re-authorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has been portrayed by critics as federal overreach in education, even as supporters viewed the bill as a necessary reform to improve the academic performance of students in K–12 schools. Regardless, NCLB proved so unwieldy that 43 states and the District of Columbia received waivers from many of its accountability provisions in return for adopting policies favored by the U.S. Department of Education (Layton 2015).
The recent seven-year-overdue re-authorization of the law received widespread bipartisan support in Congress (Korte 2015). The updated NCLB, now the Every Student Succeeds Act (Sec. 1, ESSA),1 came into effect when President Obama signed it into law on December 10, 2015 (Sec. 1).
In light of the impact that ESSA is likely to have on school business officials, their boards, and other education leaders, the remainder of this article provides an overview of its key substantive features and rounds out with a brief conclusion. As important as financial issues are for school business officials, this column does not review the many provisions on funding, because insofar as those amounts are typically treated as goals rather than as guarantees, they are subject to revision.
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Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J., "An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act" (2016). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 189.
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