ESEA Reauthorization

Congress recently reauthorized ESEA legislation (originally created in 1965) for the first time since 2002 with passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who believed that "full educational opportunity" should be "our first national goal." In the 50 years since its passage, the law has been modified and revised several times. In December 2015, Congress completed work on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the first revision since 2002.


What’s CoSN Doing?

CoSN played an active role in the reauthorization process, generating almost 1,400 messages to Congress. We:

-- Encouraged our members to contact their Congressional representatives using our sample letter

-- Urged the Senate Committee to maintain the technology provision in the legislation and continue the Enhancing Education through Technology Program. 

-- Thanked Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for introducing the Enhancing Education through Technology Act and applauded the passage of this important amendment.

-- Issued a statement urging Congress to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act

-- Applauded its passage as an advance in the national commitment to education technology

Learn about strategies for  using the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program (Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act) to support state and school district OER initiatives.


President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on December 10, 2015. Focus now turns to implementation of ESSA. CoSN and SETDA sent a letter to the Department of Education regarding Title I.


What Can You Do?

Join the CoSN Advocacy Network and stay up to date on all policy developments. Make your voice heard. 

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