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"Every Student Succeeds Act" (formerly known as NCLB)

After months of bipartisan negotiations, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as the "Every Student Succeeds Act" and signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015. The new law will take effect on August 1, 2016.

The following priorities of principals and NASSP were included in the bill:

  • Inclusion of the 2009 School Principal Recruitment and Training Act in the final conference report.
  • Amendment included to clarify that a "school leader" is a principal within the school building. The definition was included in the final conference report.
  • Allows states to reserve up to 3% of their Title II funds for school leader activities.

Read more about ESSA here.


Illinois Congressional Delegation

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Congressional Member Committees Regions Served

Dick Durbin (Senator)

*Assistant Democratic Leader of the Senate (Minority Whip)

Senate Appropriations; Judiciary; Rules & Administration All
Mark Kirk (Senator) Senate Appropriations; Banking, Housing and Urban Development; HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions), and Special Committee on Aging All
Bobby Rush (1st District) Energy and Commerce West Cook - South Cook - Three Rivers
Robin Kelly (2nd District) Oversight and Government Reform; Foreign Affairs South Cook - Three Rivers
Dan Lipinski (3rd District) Transportation; Science, Space and Technology

DuPage - Three Rivers

Luis Guiterrez (4th District) Intelligence; Judiciary West Cook
Mike Quigley (5th District) Appropriations; Intelligence DuPage - West Cook
Peter Roskam (6th District) Select Committee on Benghazi; Ways and Means DuPage - Kishwaukee - Lake - North Cook
Danny Davis (7th District) Ways and Means West Cook
Tammy Duckworth (8th District) Armed Services; Oversight and Government Reform; Select Committee on Benghazi DuPage - Kishwaukee - West Cook
Jan Schakowsky (9th District) Energy and Commerce North Cook
Bob Dold (10th District) Ways and Means Lake - North Cook
Bill Foster (11th District) Financial Services; Science, Space, and Technology DuPage - Kishwaukee - South Cook - Three Rivers
Mike Bost (12th District) Agriculture; Small Business; Veterans' Affairs Egyptian - Shawnee - Southwestern
Rodney Davis (13th District) Agriculture; House Administration; Transportation

Abe Lincoln - Corn Belt - Illini - Kaskaskia - Southwestern - Two Rivers

Randy Hultgren (14th District) Financial Services; Science, Space and Technology DuPage - Kishwaukee - Lake - Three Rivers
John Shimkus (15th District) Energy and Commerce Abe Lincoln - Corn Belt - Egyptian - Illini - Kaskaskia - Shawnee - Southwestern - Wabash Valley
Adam Kinzinger (16th District) Energy and Commerce Blackhawk - Corn Belt - Kishwaukee - Northwest - Starved Rock - Three Rivers
Cheri Bustos (17th District) Agriculture; Transportation Blackhawk - Central Illinois Valley - Kishwaukee - Northwest - Western
Darin LaHood (18th District) Natural Resources; Science, Space, and Technology Abe Lincoln - Blackhawk - Central Illinois Valley - Corn Belt - Two Rivers - Starved Rock - Western

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NASSP Principals' Policy Blog

NAESP Principals' Office Blog

U.S. Department of Education

Federal Education News Sources

Homeroom: U.S. Department of Education blog

Education Week: Politics K-12 blog

Education Week: School Law blog


The Hill

National Public Radio (NPR): Education

Congressional Education Committees

U.S. Senate

Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)

Watch the U.S. Senate Live - Floor Webcast

U.S. House of Representatives

Education and the Workforce

Watch live House Floor proceedings

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