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Every Student Succeeds Act

Published:  May 20, 2016

I had the chance to speak on a town hall conference call with Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association, and two other teachers, one from Tennessee and another one from Buffalo, NY.  We each spoke about what our local is doing to educate our members about the new Every Student Succeeds Act and implement the new requirements.

There were also survey questions that were done as part of the broadcast. One I thought was very telling.  They asked if the listeners felt their members were excited about the changes ESSA could affect.  Seventy-Five Percent said they thought their members didn’t understand or know about the new law.  I think that is probably true for Springfield as well.

I talked about two aspects of the new law that could change the nature of our jobs here in Springfield.  I talked about the fact that Professional Development should be “used to enhance collaboration” and that teacher-led professional development should be aligned with students’ learning needs. It also makes it clear that teachers’ voices should be heard when making decisions about what is best for our students. ESSA “Requires consultation with organizations representing educators in multiple places, ensuring that teachers and their local unions have a say in decision-making.”

Please click here to read a cheat sheet of some of the highlights of the new Every Student Succeeds Act.  The new law is meant to include teachers voices in various aspects of educational decision making.

Maureen Colgan Posner


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