Harvard Professor Argues ESSA’s Main Importance

Harvard Professor Argues ESSA’s Main Importance

April 24, 2017

Thomas Kane, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of Center for Education Policy Research, argued ESSA’s main importance is the flexibility provided to the states. Kane noted, “ESSA allows states the discretion to encourage local innovation by allocating funds competitively.” He also argued that as states take control, leaders “must turn on the headlights with better evidence, so they can clearly see the road ahead.”