January 15, 2018

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President Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act into Law | Pictures of the Week


This morning, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. “This is an early Christmas present,” he said, calling the bipartisan agreement “a Christmas miracle. I love it when we’re signing bipartisan bills.” The bill passed in the House on December 2 with a vote of 359 to 64 and passed in the Senate on December 9 with a vote of 85 to 12.

“This a good example of how bipartisanship can work,” President Obama continued. “That’s not something you see too often in Washington…There was no grandstanding, no posture, just a lot of good, hard work.”


Antonio Martin (left), an eighth grader at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, VA, introduced the President. Images from WhiteHouse.gov livestream

“This law comes at an important moment,” the President continued. “We all know there’s a lot more work to be done. High-quality education is a prerequisite for success. Our competitive advantage depends upon whether students can seize the opportunities of the future.”