ESEA Legislation Overview

Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, formerly No Child Left Behind) with President Obama signing the Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA) into law in December 2015. ESSA authorizes the principle funding stream supporting afterschool and summer learning programs, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative.

Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, reauthorizing the nation’s largest education law 8 years overdue, with many much needed updates and revisions. At 391 pages, the language in the law must now be clarified in ways that its new provisions can be put into practice. The process requires time and communication between the government, the public and practitioners in the field, especially to avoid overly burdensome or impractical outcomes and to clarify vague language or uncertain timelines.

The below is an update of some actions that have been taken since December to help begin to clarify the law. More to follow as we learn more.

 The Department of Education:


The Afterschool Alliance: