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:
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Our Recent Posts on ESEA

Posted May 5, 2017

Teach For America Could Be Exactly What America’s Schools Need to Reduce Implicit Bias

As a young man, President Lyndon Johnson taught desperately poor children in South Texas and would often reference this eye-opening experience during his time in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 June 23, 2017

I Never Thought I’d Be Legally Allowed to Stay in This Country. Now I’m a Teacher.

I never thought I’d get here. I never thought I’d be legally allowed to stay in this country, be a college graduate or be a…

By Angelica Del Rio

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Posted June 23, 2017

This Mom Knows Oversized Classrooms and Overworked Teachers, She Didn’t Want That for Her Children

Where do you live, and what schools do your children attend? My family lives in Tacoma. My daughter attends Green Dot Destiny Middle School, and…

By Danielle Davies, Francesca McDaniel

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Posted June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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