Contact: Roslyn Singer
Director of Communications, OU Advocacy
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for its overwhelming and bipartisan approval on Wednesday of the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” The House passed the bill by a vote of 359-64. This bill represents the first major reform to the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since 2001, when “No Child Left Behind” was passed.
“We are very grateful to Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) of the House Education & Workforce Committee and the many members of both parties in Congress who have led the effort to reform and update the ESEA. Students in private schools across the country are dependent upon the equitable services in this bill and the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ will help ensure that they receive the services that they deserve—regardless of the school they attend,” said Nathan Diament, Executive Director for Public Policy for the Orthodox Union.
The Orthodox Union calls upon the U.S. Senate and on President Obama to follow the House of Representative’s lead to pass, sign into law, and implement this legislation in a timely manner.