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S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

Dec 9, 2015 at 10:46 a.m. ET. On the Conference Report in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass S. 1177 (114th) in the Senate.

The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, or HELP, who issued this summary. The chairman of HELP, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), sponsored the bill. In his press release on July 8, Alexander explained that the bill would continue NCLB’s federal assessments of student learning, but would give states the authority to act based on those results. HELP ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) issued her own press release in support of the bill. The Senate started debate on the bill last Tuesday.

Amendments:

S.Amdt. 2107 limits federal authority to create new regulations without Congressional approval. It was accepted by a vote of 56-41. 42 Democrats and 13 Republicans voted yea.

S.Amdt. 2139 would have allowed states to let federal funds for the education of disadvantaged children follow low-income students to the State-approved school they attend. It was rejected by a vote of 45-52. All supporting votes came from Republicans.

Totals

All Votes R D I
Yea 88%
 
 
 
85
40
 
44
 
1
 
Nay 12%
 
 
 
12
12
 
0
 
0
 
Not Voting
 
 
 
3
2
 
0
 
1
 

Conference Report Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 93% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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