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ESSA Spin Patrol: How Various Groups Are Claiming Victory

You know you’re looking at a bipartisan, compromise bill when everyone rushes the field after the final touchdown, claims partial credit for the win, and then proceeds to explain What This All Means Going Forward (from their perspective, of course).

Nearly everyone from the bill’s sponsors—Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Bobby Scott, R-Va., on down—agrees that the latest, hot-off-the-presses edition of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, is a very good piece of legislation, but also not what they would have written on their own.