In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. The ESSA amended and reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The ESEA is a federal education law with longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new ESSA law builds on key areas of progress in recent years made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students. The main sources of federal education funding programs are the ESSA and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). ESSA funding supplements state and local resources and supports students from low-income families and low-achieving schools. IDEA is the primary federal funding source for students with disabilities and special education.