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States Ready to Apply for ESSA’s Preschool Development Grants

According to Linda Jacobson at Education Dive, starting this week, states will have the ability to start applying for a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in Preschool Development Grants under ESSA that they can use to “expand access to and improve the coordination and quality of early-childhood education programs for children...

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Challenges and Questions ESSA Presents for Districts 

With the school year fast approaching, Alyson Klein asks in Education Week what is “the toughest part of the Every Student Succeeds Act for districts to get a handle on?” To find out, she asked a few experts, including Noelle Ellerson Ng from The School Superintendents Association, Jeff Simering...

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A Look at ESSA’s Transparency Requirement

Daarel Burnette II writes in Education Week that this school year, “an often-overlooked provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will offer some deeper information when states start reporting to the public school-by-school spending.” For the first time, “actual school spending—rather than average district per-pupil spending—can reveal where the...

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ESSA and the Future of Education Changemaking

Rick Hess opines in Education Week that those “who want to improve the American public education system are facing a unique moment with an abundance of levers to drive change,” including ESSA, which “provides states and localities with increased flexibility in setting goals and designing interventions, which were once...

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Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

Linda Jacobson reports for Education Dive that, with almost all state ESSA plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the “question related to school improvement isn’t so much what works to help low-performing schools, but how to implement strategies in the most effective way,”...

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