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Other Federal Laws


No Child Left Behind (NCLB) or Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Signed into law by President Bush in Jan., 2002, NCLB was a reauthorization of the ESEA. NCLB contains mesures designed to drive broad gains in student achievement and hold states and schools more accountable for student progress.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

U.S. Department of Education resources on NCLB

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

Signed by President Obama in 2010, this law authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children. The USDA is given the authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold during the school day and to improve the nutritional quality of commodity foods used in school breakfast and lunch programs.

Fact sheet from Let's Move on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

USDA Resources on Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act


School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act

On Nov. 13, 2013, President Obama signed the "School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act." The purpose of this act is "to provide states with incentives to require elementary schools and secondary schools to maintain, and permit school personnel to administer, epinephrine at schools." This law allows the Federal government, when making the determination of awarding grants, to give preferences to states who have in place certain provisions in law regarding the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors.

Pennsylvania currently has some, but not all, of these provisions in place. Therefore, there is no change in requirements to schools. Currently in Pennsylvania non-licensed school personnel may be trained by the certified school nurse to administer epinephrine via an auto-injector to students who have a health care provider's diagnosis of a life threatening allergy.

Updated: June 27, 2016