Paraeducator Lynn Goss selected to serve on national ESSA committee

Lynn Goss

Lynn Goss

Menomonie paraeducator – and WEAC member – Lynn Goss has been chosen to serve with State Superintendent Tony Evers on a national committee that will draft proposed rules for the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“With a seat at the table, I can continue to advocate for meaningful collaboration between teachers and paraeducators that ultimately benefits the whole student,” Goss said.

This “negotiated rulemaking” is the final step in federal implementation of ESSA. It deals specifically with two areas of Title I, Part A of the law:

  • The requirement that federal funds supplement, not supplant, non-federal funds in high-need schools, and
  • Assessments – including several subtopics listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s news release.

Evers, serving this year as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, will bring the state education agency perspective to the 24-member committee, along with Marcus Cheeks of the Mississippi Department of Education and National Title I Association. Others will represent local education agencies, tribal nations, families, teachers, administrators, the civil rights and business communities.

In public statements, Evers has praised ESSA for “the stability and flexibility afforded to states and school districts,” allowing Wisconsin “to develop programs that fit the needs of our students and improve student outcomes.”

WEAC also has joined the National Education Association in praising the ESSA.

Goss has been an active WEAC and NEA member for many years, currently serving as an NEA Director. She has been on the WEAC Board and many committees, often representing the interests of Education Support Professionals. Last year, Goss was featured in an NEA digital publication, “Education Support Professional: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student,” where she described her school’s “What I Need” program. The program is “based on the concept that different students have different paths to learning, and that sometimes that requires personalized instruction and intervention.”

In that publication, Menomonie Middle School Principal Stacey Everson praised Goss for using her “uncanny intuition, coupled with an enormous knowledge base” to make a big difference for students who need extra support.

“No one understands that ‘learning is not a race’ better than Lynn Goss,” Everson said.

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