At White House ceremony, President Obama greets Sen. Murray after signing education bill into law


(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law.

“Today marks a great step forward in our nation’s continuing commitment to provide all students with a high-quality education,” said Senator Murray. “I’ve been so proud to work with both Republicans and Democrats to fix the badly broken No Child Left Behind law in a way that will work for students, parents, teachers, and communities in Washington and across the country. The Every Student Succeeds Act includes strong federal guardrails to ensure all students have access to a quality education, reduces reliance on high-stakes testing, makes strong investments to improve and expand access to preschool for our youngest learners, and so much more. Now, our work will begin to make sure this law is implemented effectively so all students have access to a quality education, regardless of where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make.”


Known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), the bipartisan, bicameral bill represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act. The compromise bill was drafted by a House-Senate conference committee and approved by both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan support. To learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act, click here.