Elementary and Secondary Education

Supporting education is one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is an opportunity to address the many issues schools have been struggling with since No Child Left Behind became law in 2001. 

In early 2015, Chairman Lamar Alexander of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015, which is a proposal to reauthorize ESEA. Senator Leahy has expressed concerns with this draft proposal, and is pleased that Ranking Member Patty Murray is working with the Chairman on a compromise.  S

enator Leahy is fully committed to continuing to make changes to education policy to address the concerns that so many Vermonters have shared, like eliminating high-stakes testing and accountability measures.  Senator Leahy believes the ESEA reauthorization bill should focus on equality and fairness.  He believes that rural and underserved communities should receive the proportionate amount of funding necessary to ensure students of all backgrounds receive the education they need to succeed.