Senate ESEA Reauthorization Update for July 15, 2015

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On July 15, 2015, the Senate voted by roll call on five amendments related to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the Senate’s version of the proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

The first roll call vote concerned cloture, which was proposed on July 13, 2015, and which might be thought of as a proposal to move from green light to yellow. Filing for cloture sets a deadline for filing new amendments. Motions for cloture are generally voted on two days following filing, after the Senate has been in session for one hour on that second day. On July 15, 2015, the vote for cloture regarding the Senate’s ESEA reauth was taken. A three-fifths majority is needed for cloture to pass. The final vote was 86-12.

The passage of the cloture motion means that consideration of amendments will also proceed more…

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