Sign a Thank You Card for the Every Student Succeeds Act Passage

We wanted to make sure you saw this message from AFT President Randi Weingarten offering you a chance to thank members of the U.S. House and Senate leadership for spearheading passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. We have a lot of work ahead of us crafting a new accountability system in Texas under the new law, but for now, it’s time to celebrate and offer thanks.

Over the last 11 months, something happened that’s become all too rare in Washington, D.C.—Congress found common ground and passed a historic and important bill, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Reps. John Kline and Bobby Scott worked tirelessly to forge a compromise to fix No Child Left Behind. Thanks to their leadership, and your activism, the door is now open to the most promising change in federal education policy in decades.

Let’s make sure they know we appreciate their effort. Sign our thank-you card to the House and Senate leaders who never gave up on fixing No Child Left Behind.

The AFT was involved in writing this new law at every step of the way, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. We were in the trenches every day—from the big fights to slam the door on the test-and-punish fixation or stop bad ideas like portability and block grants, to less-heralded but still important victories like expanding support for community schools and improving sex education.

Along the way, the talks could easily have broken down many times. It’s hard enough to get anything done in Congress right now, much less on a tough issue like education.

But these four leaders never gave up. They never threw up their hands. And they never shut us out. They left their comfort zones and talked to diverse parties in search of common ground. They stayed focused. And in the end, they forged a bill that will help us end the era of top-down accountability and usher in a new era of shared responsibility.

Screen_Shot_2015-12-16_at_3.42.46_PMSign our thank-you card to the House and Senate leaders who helped fix No Child Left Behind.

Politics can be messy, but when parties are willing to listen, understand and compromise, good things can happen. And that’s what these four leaders did.

We need more of that in Washington, and at all levels of government. Sign the card, and help us show that we appreciate leaders who are willing to do the hard work of finding compromise.

In unity,
Randi Weingarten
AFT President

P.S. To learn more about why we support the Every Student Succeeds Act and what it means for educators, join our telephone town hall on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Eastern time to hear more from AFT leaders and a special guest from the White House policy team.