Hammond Calls for Evaluation of School Funding Laws

Hammond Calls for Evaluation of School Funding Laws

September 20, 2016

In a recent interview with Ed Surge, Linda Darling Hammond, founder of the Learning Policy Institute, argued that while strong schools are present in the United States, new state plans under ESSA could “become punitive if they rely on a test-based approach with sanctions” or if these provisions “become a lever for positive educational change.” Hammond called for a focus on professional development and an evaluation of school funding laws. She noted that the U.S. is “15 years behind some other industrialized countries in really engaging with 21st century learning skills” and if implemented properly, ESSA could help close that gap.