"Every Student Succeeds" act signed into law

Success is in its name and that's exactly what national and local leaders are expecting from the "Every Student Succeeds Act".

President Obama put his pen to paper Thursday to sign the measure into law.  South Dakota's entire Congressional Delegation has been instrumental in lending their support to the bipartisan measure - which is being called a "fix" for the 'No Child Left Behind" act.

Success is in its name and that's exactly what national and local leaders are expecting from the "Every Student Succeeds Act".

President Obama put his pen to paper Thursday to sign the measure into law.  South Dakota's entire Congressional Delegation has been instrumental in lending their support to the bipartisan measure - which is being called a "fix" for the 'No Child Left Behind" act.

The act includes two amendments added by Senator John Thune which would require the Secretary of Education to coordinate with other federal agencies to report on efforts to address youth suicides and expand the use of funds to include preventative efforts against youth suicide and other school violence.

Senator Mike Rounds said that the new act gives power back to educators in South Dakota.

"I think educators in South Dakota will now have a lot more flexibility to develop their own curriculum that really does fit the needs of our students in South Dakota. I'm very pleased that members from both parties, in both the House and the Senate, worked side by side to get this done. I think there are some very meaningful reforms. I tell people I think this is probably the best delivery of control from the federal government to the states in the last 25 years," said US Senator Mike Rounds. 

Local education leaders are also weighing in on the impacts the act could have here in Rapid City. Superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell said it's time control is given back to educators at the state and local levels.

"One of the things with expanded flexibility comes greater responsibility so the state and local districts in South Dakota will have to really take a look at what we can do and what we really want as the best education for our students in the future. You know, how do we hold schools accountable, how do we hold teachers accountable, and then what kind of assessments really give us the information that we use? It's been 8 years, this is overdue," said Rapid City Area School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Mitchell.

The measure also ends federal efforts to encourage academic standards like 'Common Core.'

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