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Obama Calls New Act a ‘Christmas Miracle’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” into law Thursday, just one day after the Senate sent it to his desk.

“After more than 10 years, members of Congress from both parties have come together to revise our national education law. A Christmas miracle. A bi-partisan bill signing right here,” the president said.

The bill replaces President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act” that has been universally opposed by educators and lawmakers.

Obama and lawmakers say this new law will ease federal sanctions imposed on schools and instead give control back to states.

“It creates real partnerships between the states, which will have new flexibility to tailor their improvement plans and the federal government, which will have the oversight to make sure that the plans are sound. It helps states and districts reduce unnecessary standardized tests, something we talked about a couple of months ago,” Obama said.

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise is on board with the new law.

“Iowa and all states deserve a system of accountability and oversight that drives student learning and is based on growth and improvement. I appreciate that this legislation restores the proper balance between the role of states and the federal government in education accountability,” Wise said in a statement.

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