‘I said, “We’ve got a bill for you,” ’
-- Sen. Lamar Alexander to Speaker Paul Ryan
AN ESSA ADDENDUM from Morning Education:
Our story [above] on how the big education deal got done was packed with juicy tidbits from over the course of the year. But we couldn't include everything, and tipsters flagged one other key moment for Morning Education: The work in the Senate, led by Sens. Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker and backed by Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray, to garner votes for an amendment strengthening accountability provisions in the bill last July. It wasn't a done deal that Senate Dems would line up behind the pro-accountability measure. "The accountability conversation sometimes pits two Democratic constituencies against each other," Murphy told Morning Education. The lawmakers putting the measure together "worked hard to put together an amendment that caused the least amount of antagonism from labor as possible," but the amendment didn't garner the National Education Association's support. Supporters like Murphy were working down to the wire to get Democrats to line up behind their proposal, which they mostly did, and the strong support sent a message that the party was pro-accountability.