Consensus reached on some ESSA regulations, but not all

ESSA_meetingThe committee charged with negotiating certain regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which included two voting members nominated by NEA, reached consensus on regulations related to assessments, but not on ensuring federal dollars “supplement, not supplant” state and local dollars. That means the U.S. Department of Education will write and issue the unresolved regulations, after a public comment period as well as a chance for Congress to respond.

“We knew the rule making process would be challenging, but we had hopes that a consensus would be reached on all the topics without undercutting the new law that we worked so hard to secure,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “An effective regulatory package should focus on student success while preserving room for innovation and strengthened support at the state, local and school levels to support ever student. NEA is still committed to working closely with state and local policymakers, as well as other key stakeholders, to deliver on the promise of ESSA to provide more opportunities for all students, regardless of zip code.”

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