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Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issues statement on ESSA

December 9, 2015

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement on ESSA: “The Texas Education Agency will now focus on working through the specific details of this federal legislation to help explain to our districts and charters the many aspects included in this bill. It’s important...

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New Jersey Dept. of Ed to Have Their Final State Plan by the “Winter of 2016-17

March 29, 2016

Peter Shulman, Deputy Commissioner Division of Talent and Performance at the state Department of Education issued a memo to public and non-public chief school administrators and charter school and renaissance school project leads outlining several goals for the state’s implementation of ESSA. They mention that...

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MN School Administrators Meet with Sen. Franken’s Advisers to Discuss ESSA

March 30, 2016

Last week, school administrators attended a meeting with two of Sen. Al Franken’s advisers to discuss ESSA. According to news coverage, many of the administrators were skeptical of the reform. The ESSA failed to address teacher shortages, financial needs and the lack of school facilities...

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OR Dept. of Education Announces Education Forums Across the State

March 30, 2016

The Oregon Department of Education released a press release announcing 11 education forums in April and May across the state and inviting all community members to come discuss ESSA. Read more here.

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NASBE Shares Opportunities for States to Ensure Coherence across Education Policies

March 31, 2016

NASBE issued, “ESSA Provides Opportunity for States to Ensure Coherence across Education Policies,” Press Release highlighting the importance of “consistency across policies to ensure effective, efficient learning systems and successful ESSA implementation.” Read full release here.

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VA Releases Memo on Changes to Teacher Qualifications under ESSA

April 1, 2016

Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction with the state Department of Education released a memo to VA division superintendents outlining some key differences that are know at this time between teacher qualifications under NCLB and ESSA. Read more here.

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CCSSO, NEA, NGA, and NSBA Send Letter to John King

April 4, 2016

Nine education groups including CCSSO, NEA, NGA, and NSBA sent a letter to Secretary John King asking that the DoE “refrain from defining terms and aspects” of the ESSA “that Congress gave communities the flexibility to determine.” Read the letter here.

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University of Maryland Ed Policy Experts Launch “#ESSA”

April 4, 2016

Two education policy experts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have launched “#ESSA,” a website to monitor “social network sentiment and discourse analysis” of the ESSA. View the website here.

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NV Considers New Indicators to Measure Career Readiness

April 5, 2016

Nevada Superintendent Steve Canavero indicated at the CCSSO annual legislative conference that the state is considering using industry recognized credentials or certificates as an indicator to measure career readiness into their accountability systems. Read more here.

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NC Dept. of Public Instruction’s Dr. Lou Fabrizio Highlights Series of Public Hearings on ESSA

April 5, 2016

At the State Board planning and work session, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Dr. Lou Fabrizio presented on ESSA implementation in the state. He highlighted a series of six public hearings (4 in April and 2 in May) around the state on ESSA. North...

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