Obama signs new education act into law, replaces No Child Left Behind

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a new education law that aims to ensure educational opportunity for every student.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which will replace the Bush Administration's No Child Left Behind Act, will change the way teachers are evaluated, and leaves accountability goals up to the states.

Lizette Saenz, a Harlingen resident whose son is currently in high school, said she thinks the new act will help the students who fall behind because of testing.

"(Some students) just don't test well. They get headaches, they get nervous, they forget," Saenz said.

The new law will reduce the number of federal tests previously required, and allows states to set their own guidelines. Obama called the law "an early Christmas present," as the act passed with bipartisan support.

"This monumental bipartisan legislation is a step forward toward improving K-12 education in the Rio Grande Valley," Congressman Rubén Hinojosa said in a statement.

While the schools will still be held accountable for student performance, states will now have control over curriculum. Obama said the previous act had the right goals, but fell short in practice.

"Everybody can learn, just at a different rate and in a different way," Saenz said.

For a detailed report on the new legislation, visit the White House website.

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