About the IssueESEA in the U.S. Senate: On October 20, 2011, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed legislation that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (more commonly known as No Child Left Behind). The goal of the bill was to address shortcomings since the law's passage in 2001. Despite some improvements, the legislation passed by the HELP committee also seriously jeopardizes the law's central focus on improving the achievement of disadvantaged students, including the nation's 5.8 million students with disabilities of which 2.4 million have learning disabilities.
Despite its flaws, No Child Left Behind has required schools to focus on the learning of students with disabilities and ensure that schools are responsible for the success of all students. To ensure students with disabilities remain a priority, urge the Senate to fix its bill by setting academic performance targets, graduation goals and a requirement to improve instruction in struggling schools.
Learn more about our fight to help fix No Child Left Behind.