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Sen. Murray joined the school’s principal and parents to discuss how the Every Student Succeeds Act will affect Washington students and schools. Sen. Murray joined the school’s principal and parents to discuss how the Every Student Succeeds Act will affect Washington students and schools.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Senator Patty Murray visited hundreds of students at Grant Elementary School Wednesday, the first school visit since President Obama signed a new education bill in December.

Sen. Murray joined the school’s principal and parents to discuss how the Every Student Succeeds Act will affect Washington students and schools.

"I could not be happier to be here today to share this victory with the very people that I was fighting for,” said Murray. “Washington state students and families."

The ESSA replaces the controversial No Child Left Behind law, a system Sen. Murray says was broken and damaging to students and schools.

“There was an over-emphasis on high stakes testing,” said Murray. “There was a one size fits all response if your schools were not meeting the goals, and it was a very restrictive environment.”

The ESSA also ends heavy federal involvement in public schools and sends much of that authority back to states and local school districts.

Sen. Murray worked with Republicans for almost a year to craft the bipartisan bill that ends the waiver system under the NCLB.

"It's a challenge when you have to send those letters out to family and community members saying your school is a failing school,” said Ivan Corley, Principal of Grant Elementary School.

The law establishes a competitive grant program to provide funding for states that propose to improve coordination, quality, and access for early childhood education for low and moderate-income children from birth to age five.

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