The US Department Of Education Wants Your Comment About The Every Student Succeeds Act: Why Parents Should Care About ESSA

By John Drowne, Parent Herald June 04, 01:13 am

To ensure that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would live up to its promises, the U.S. Department Of Education has announced that it is open for further public comments starting May 31. The department is urging parents and other stakeholders to voice out their concerns about ESSA ahead of the formulation of its final regulations.

Why Parents Should Care Giving Comment About ESSA

According to Tiffany Taber, chief of staff for communications development at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Communications and Outreach, the input from parents and other stakeholders will be seriously taken during the public comment period for the Every Student Succeeds Act. These comments will serve as a guide to the department in finalizing the regulations that would help ESSA achieve its potential as a tool to improve educational excellence and equity.

Parents who care about their children's education and future career should take part of the Every Student Succeeds Act's comment period as it is an important step so that the new federal law will not fail just like the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Amidst ESSA's potential, a lot of critics predicted that ESSA could fail students and parents for similar reasons as NCLB.

The Potential Of ESSA As Tool To Improve Educational Excellence And Equity

It can be recalled that President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 10, 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind, which has been considered one-size-fits-all approach. As a new federal education law, ESSA is expected to fix the flaws of the NCLB.

The Every Student Succeeds Act holds a lot of promises to the educational system of the U.S. Projected as a tool to enhance educational equity and excellence, ESSA will provide flexibility for states and districts to create a locally tailored approach. The transition period between NCLB and ESSA will be this year before the new law takes in full effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

How To Comment About ESSA

Parents and other stakeholders who want to take part of the Every Student Succeeds Act's public comment period may send an email to ESSA.guidance@ed.gov. Details on ESSA implementation and resources are available at visit www.ed.gov/essa.

Do you believe that ESSA will fix the flaws of NCLB? Share your thoughts about the Every Student Succeeds Act by leaving some comments below.

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