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NEA on ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

Lily Eskelsen García: An effective package should focus on student success

WASHINGTON - April 19, 2016 -

The U.S. Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee reached consensus on multiple assessment issues but did not reach a complete consensus in drafting the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public comment.

The following can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García.

“NEA applauded Congress when it passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act after listening to the voices of educators speaking on behalf of their students’ needs. 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.

“Innovation. Opportunity. Collaboration. These were our hopes for the Title I Negotiated Rulemaking. 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 every student.

"While we are glad that a consensus was reached on a variety of assessment issues, the original promise of ESSA was to return significant responsibility to states and schools districts to ensure students are learning. Our schools need to be equitably funded and stakeholders at the state and local levels need the space to come up with solutions that work better for students and to close critical resource gaps between affluent and poor schools.

"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. No one is more excited than our educators for the opportunity that ESSA, if implemented correctly, could provide for our students in the classroom, especially those students who are most in need.

“We have to get this right. We need to work on real education solutions. We have to collaborate with key stakeholders to raise our voice to deliver on the promise of ESSA and to provide opportunity for all students.

“ESSA has the potential to be a game-changer, but only if it lives up to its original purpose—to ensure that all students succeed.”

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NEA on ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee 
(March 18, 2016)