ESEA

As Congress turns its attention to reauthorizing the nation’s most critical law protecting educational equity, we’ve collected a number of resources to help understand what this law is and where things stand with its renewal.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is ESEA? What is NCLB? Why is it important? Our FAQ answers these questions and more:
The ABC’s of ESEA and No Child Left Behind → 

Our Recent Posts on ESEA

Posted Nov. 16, 2016
wallofftrump

Right Now We Are Numb. But We Will Rise and Fight for Kids.

The election of Donald Trump has evoked pain and emotion for so many. I read their blog posts. I watch them protest. I see their…

By Jumoke Hinton

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Posted June 13, 2016
king

Here’s How Secretary King Is Living Up to a 50-Year-Old Promise

Kevin Kosar, a fellow at a conservative think tank, wrote a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute aimed at Education Secretary John King’s…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

The LA Times Makes a Common (Core) Error

Even though Common Core State Standards have been around for years, it still seems as though folks are having trouble really understanding what they are—despite the fact that it’s built right into the name. To put it plainly, the Common Core State Standards are a set of standards. State. Standards. Despite that crystal-clear title, the Los Angeles Times editorial board couldn't be bothered with getting it right—and not just when it…

By Education Post

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Posted Dec. 14, 2015
springfield

If They Can Make Progress in Washington, Can’t We Do the Same Here in Illinois

From my vantage point in Chicago, these past few weeks were surreal on the education landscape. In Washington we saw an all-too-rare but wonderful example…

By Elizabeth Evans

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Posted Dec. 13, 2015
LamarAlexander

Senator Alexander’s Misleading Victory Lap

In this remarkable age of extreme partisanship, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander can rightly take much of the credit for America’s new K-12 education law, passed…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015
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For State Leaders, ESSA Means New Powers and Opportunities

This week’s passage of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a new era of education policy in our country and a critical opportunity for…

By Gavin Payne

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015
essa

Black Children Won’t Succeed With Less Accountability in Public Education

America’s first black president has signed the Every Child Succeeds Act legislation that many see as a partial retreat on his strong support for school reform.…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015
arne

I Believe in Yesterday: Thoughts on Arne’s Legacy and ESSA

On Wednesday, December 9, I attended a farewell party for Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education, where we performed humorous skits,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 10, 2015
essa

Teachers, Here’s Why You Should Pay Attention to the New Education Law

After years of trying to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Congress and the president have finally passed a new version called Every Student…

By Holly Kragthorpe

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Posted Dec. 9, 2015

Statement on Senate Approval of Every Student Succeeds Act

We applaud the bipartisan effort that has resulted in a new education law that keeps the focus on how all kids and all schools are performing and includes bigger investments in preschool, teacher preparation, and innovation. The Every Student Succeeds Act is an important step forward in ensuring that states are empowered and supported by the federal government to provide great educational opportunities to all of our…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
nate

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
syncere-engineering

#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
davidjohns

#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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