LAUSD Applauds Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act

Dec. 9, 2015
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines and Board President Steve Zimmer today praised the Congressional passage of S.1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

ESSA replaces the overly prescriptive No Child Left Behind Act. Passed overwhelmingly by bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate, the bill is expected to be signed soon by President Obama. It strengthens programs and protections for English-language Learners, foster youth and homeless children. It also requires states to design new accountability systems that will take effect in the 2017-18 school year.

“We are pleased with the overall balance in the bill regarding accountability and school improvement,” Superintendent Cortines said. “As a leader in the CORE districts, which received a federal waiver from many of the unworkable NCLB requirements, we look forward to working with the California Department of Education in designing the state’s new school accountability system. We are hopeful that we will be able to continue implementing the many positive reforms included in our waiver.”

He continued, “LAUSD is committed to its work to close the achievement gap, boost overall student achievement and increase high school graduation rates.”

Board President Zimmer added, “With the passage of this bill, we implore Congress to increase funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 education appropriations bill for critical ESEA programs, including Title I, in order to assist states and school districts in implementing the reauthorized ESEA. Increasing the federal share of funding for students with disabilities is also of utmost importance to us.”