The following comes from a December 11 Catholic Education Daily article by Adam Cassandra:

President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Thursday, overhauling the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2002 that expanded the federal government’s influence in local education — a move that is “great news” for Catholic schools said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Dr. Dan Guernsey.

“Any time we can get the federal government to back off, even a little bit, from education, that is a good thing. Education belongs, under the principle of subsidiarity, as close to the parents and community as possible,” Guernsey, director of the Newman Society’s K-12 programs, said in an interview with EWTN News Nightly on Thursday night.

The new law bars the federal government from mandating that states adopt federal standards, such as Common Core, and keeps the federal government form offering incentives to states to adopt such standards. Instead, the individual states will be responsible for educational standards.

“Common Core is primarily about college and career, and we want to put foremost that [Catholic education] is about complete human formation,” Guernsey said in the interview with EWTN News Nightly. “That’s where effectively functioning, alive human beings make society better. And they certainly grow the Church, the seeds of the Gospel can take root in those deeply situated lives.”

The following comes from a December 10 USCCB press release:

The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, applauded President Obama’s signing today of the Every Student Succeeds Act into law.

“The Every Student Succeeds Act demonstrates that there is broad bipartisan agreement on restoring equitable treatment of private schools and ensuring that all children are afforded the education services, benefits, and opportunities they deserve, regardless of the type of school they attend,” said Archbishop Lucas.