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.
ESSA Commentary: Our director, Martin Blank, has released an ESSA commentary in the Washington Post, entitled, "Is a new day dawning with No Child Left Behind's successor law?" The blog discusses ways we can move forward with the bill, and provide new direction for our schools.
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.
Coalition’s Title I Comments to ED: On January 21 the Coalition submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in response to their request for comments on Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Over 200 individuals or organizations have commented, and you can read the comments here.
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
- Non-academic indicator(s)
- Conditions for Learning, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, and Resource Inequities
- Schoolwide Programs
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.
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