Public Engagement

Below are the most recent news and reports around public engagement.

OK Stakeholders Express Concern About State’s ESSA Plan

In Oklahoma, advocates for students with disabilities, students of color, and low-income students are concerned about the state’s ESSA plan; while some “had recommendations adopted in the final plan,” others “say their concerns were brushed aside.”

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DE Dept. of Ed to Revamp School Profiles Website

The Delaware Department of Education seeks to “give its school profiles website a facelift,” and is looking for public input. Under ESSA, the state must hold public meetings during their development of school report cards, and the first in a series of such meetings was…

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Parents of Special Needs Children are Frustrated with State Board of Ed

In Alabama, parents of special needs children say they have been shut out of the state’s ESSA process, and some are frustrated with the “seeming unwillingness of the state board of education to listen to the special education community’s concerns.”

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WV Submits ESSA Plan to Dept. of Ed

West Virginia submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, ahead of schedule. “I am extremely proud of the extraordinary amount of work put into developing this plan and for the valuable input we received from various stakeholders including teachers, parents,…

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IA’s Third Draft ESSA Plan Available for Public Comment

The third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan is available for public review and comment via an online feedback survey from the Iowa Department of Education.

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AK’s Public Comment Period Ends Sept. 15

The Alaska Journal for Commerce reports that Alaskans’ last chance to comment on the state’s ESSA plan ends on September 15, “a month after Alaska’s education department published its draft plan for review.”

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WV ESSA Plan Receives Stakeholder Feedback Ahead of Scheduled Submission

West Virginia’s proposed ESSA plan, “is seeing significant changes and public praise and criticism ahead of its scheduled submission to the U.S. Education Department next month.”

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Summary of State ESSA Tours and Comment Periods Underway

It’s important for states to solicit public comments and feedback on their education plans. Below is a list of states’ comment periods that are underway and upcoming tours. IOWA The third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan is now available for public review and comment through…

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WA Accepting Public Comment on State’s Draft ESSA Plan

Washington is accepting public comment on the state’s ESSA plan through Sept. 5.

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IA Dept. of Ed Releases Third Draft ESSA Plan

Last week, Iowa Dept. of Education Director Ryan Wise announced that the third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan is available for public review and comment.

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KY Seeks Public Comment on State’s ESSA Plan

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on its plan for public education in the state. Kentucky’s plan is scheduled to be submitted Sept. 18.

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IN Submits ESSA Plan to Governor

Indiana’s plan was delivered to the Governor’s office Tuesday where he and his staff will have 30 days to review and edit before it is submitted to the United States Department of Education on September 18. To view Indiana’s ESSA plan, visit: http://www.doe.in.gov/essa

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IN Dept. of Ed Releases ESSA Plan

The Indiana Department of Education announced today the publication of Indiana’s ESSA plan.

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AK Opens Public Comment Period for ESSA Plan

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has submitted their final draft of the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Public comment will be accepted until September 15th.

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MN Dept. of Ed Hosts Series of Public Meetings on ESSA Plan

The Minnesota Dept. of Education is “hitting the road this month” for a series of public meetings regarding the state’s ESSA plan.

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PA Releases Draft ESSA Plan

Now that Pennsylvania has released its draft plan, Pennsylvanians have until August 31 to provide comments.

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ND Education Stakeholders Meets to Discuss Updates to ESSA Plan

In response to federal feedback, the North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction met to discuss updates and changes to the state’s ESSA plan. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler commented that the meeting went “really well,” and “she and the ESSA planning team applauded the DOE’s response,…

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WV Proposes Changes to Public School’s Attendance Rates

Under ESSA, the West Virginia Dept. of Education proposed “making out-of-school suspensions, other than those resulting from the highest level of student offenses, count against public schools’ attendance rates.” Commentary on the proposed change will be accepted until August 30.

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MN Draft Plan Available for Public Comment

The Minnesota Dept. of Education released the state’s draft ESSA plan for public review. Comments will be accepted until August 31.

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TX’s Public Comment Period Open Through Aug. 29

The Texas Education Agency will accept public comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan through August 29. Comments can be submitted via email.

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PA Releases Draft ESSA Plan for Public Comment

Pennsylvania released its draft ESSA public comment. The public is invited to review and comment on the plan through Aug. 31

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PA Dept. of Ed Accepting Feedback on Draft ESSA Plan Until Aug. 29

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education is asking for public comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The department will accept feedback until August 29.

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IA Dept. of Ed Seeks Public Comment on Draft ESSA Plan

The Iowa Dept. of Education is asking for public comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The department will accept feedback until August 11.

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WV’s Draft ESSA Plan Available for Public Comment

West Virginia’s draft ESSA plan is now available online for review and public comment until Aug. 30.

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RI Dept. of Ed. Seeks Feedback on State’s ESSA Plan

Rhode Island Department of Education is seeking feedback on state’s draft ESSA plan.

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