On December 10, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that replaced No Child Left Behind as our main federal education law. See below for Coalition updates and coverage on the law and what it means for community schools.
"The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement": People support what they create. This quote by well-known management consultant Margaret Wheatley guides our thinking on stakeholder engagement in ESSA. We can only realize the true potential of this law to support all students to succeed when state and district leaders meaningfully engage a broad range of stakeholders throughout the planning and implementation process. We encourage you to review these resources on stakeholder engagement:
In Education Week, Martin Blank has written an article with Kent McGuire entitled ESSA's Success Requires Stakeholder Engagement, which highlights the need for organizers and education stakeholders to focus on engaging community members and business leaders.
Partners For Each and Every Child: The Case For Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement
Partners For Each and Every Child: A Handbook For Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement
Our comments seek to strengthen through regulations the following areas in Title I that are key to community schools:
Inclusion and consultation of community partners
Conditions for Learning, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, and Resource Inequities
On January 11 the Coalition shared our draft of these comments at the U.S. Department of Education along with other advocates and partners. Read our draft comments here. ED’s website on all things ESSA, including a recording of the public hearings on Title I that took place in D.C. (where CCS commented) and L.A. can be found here.
Huffington Post Commentary: Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, wrote a blog on how the Every Student Succeeds Act is an opportunity to step up together and districts like Oakland are showing us how.
Martin Blank also wrote a commentary on ESSA entitled Measuring School Quality: Non-Academic Measures in the Every Student Succeeds Act available at the huffingtonpost.
Coalition Press Release, December 10: New Federal Education Law Boosts Community Schools
Coalition Blast to the Field, December 10: ESEA Reauthorization a Game Changing Moment for Community Schools
Department of Education Resources:
ESSA FAQS: The Department of Ed has posted a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on their website concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can help you learn more about ESSA and answer any general questions you may have.
The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance to help ensure young children from birth through third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and in life. The guidance suggests full-service community schools as a strategy as it often relies on early-childhood and pre-school providers as strong partners. You can read the full guidance here.