every_student_succeeds_bill_signingThe Every Student Succeeds Act: ESSA Begins

On December 10, 2015 President Obama signed into effect the reauthorization of the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA ends a troublesome era of No Child Left Behind where a one-size-fit-all approach to testing, teaching and school improvement dominated our professional landscape placing unrealistic pressures on our most vulnerable students and those who serve them. Watch the signing video.

Under ESSA the responsibilities for school improvement are transferred to the state and local levels greatly reducing federal influences on local school decision making. This change is designed to honor the voice and expertise of those who know the names, strengths and learning needs of the children in their school: parents, teachers, counselors, para educators and administrators, not politicians and corporate lobbyists.

In Wisconsin we must work together to defeat bad ideas, policies, and laws at all levels that do not benefit our students. The Wisconsin Education Association Council is committed to providing its members and partners with the resources needed to take full advantage of implementing the required engagement provisions under the ESSA law. This will help assure a child’s race, income, zip code, disability, home language or background do not determine the quality of education they receive.

Use the WEAC Digital Toolkit to make ESSA work for students in your school:

  1. 5 Steps to Plugging into Your District’s ESSA Team (pdf)
  2. Invitation Letter for Members (Word)
  3. Invitation Letter to Stakeholders (Word)
  4. School Board Speech (Word)
  5. School Board Resolution (Word)
  6. 10-Minute PowerPoint (ppt)

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