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Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:31 AM
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Subject: Local pool #1 -- education bill signing
The president signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind, in the South Court auditorium. Remarks are open press. Full list of attendees from White House below.
Among those in the very crowded auditorium are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Sen. Al Franken, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.
Among those on the stage with the president were Rep. John Kline, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Sen. Patty Murray, and Rep. Bobby Scott
Mr. Obama, referring to the bipartisan nature of the bill, called it "a Christmas miracle."
He thanked the "tireless efforts" of Sens. Alexander and Murray, and Reps. Kline and Scott.
He said lawmakers were "willing to listen to each other in a civil, constructive way."
"There wasn't a lot of grandstanding, a lot of posturing," he said.
The president praised Duncan, who is leaving his post this month, for being "tenacious" in the job.
Mr. Obama said the law holds everyone to high standards and dedicates resources "to our most vulnerable children."
"This is a big step in the right direction, a true bipartisan effort," he said.
He then signed the law at a wooden desk and
said "there you go" to applause.
Background from the White House:
The President was introduced by Antonio Martin, an All-A Honor Roll 8th grader at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. The President visited Kenmore in March of 2011 where he called for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a year after the Administration released our blueprint for reauthorization. Antonio’s classmate – Sofia Rios – also joined the President at today’s signing.
· Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education
· Principal Senior Advisor John King, Department of Education
· Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-TN
· Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-WA
· Chairman John Kline, R-MN
· Ranking Member Bobby Scott, D-VA
· Senator Michael Bennet, D-CO
· Representative Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR
· Representative Marcia Fudge, D-OH
· Representative Raúl Grijalva, D-AZ
· Representative Todd Rokita, R-IN
· President Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association
· Chancellor Kaya Henderson, DC Public Schools
· President Wade Henderson, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
· Antonio Martin, Kenmore Middle School Student
· President Janet Murguía, National Council of La Raza
· Sabrina Peacock, Oak Hill Elementary School teacher
· Sofia Rios, Kenmore Middle School Student
· Sonya Smith, Lew Wallace Elementary School teacher
· President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
White House correspondent
The Washington Times
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