ESSA: What Every Citizen Needs To Know

ESSA  stands for The Every Student Succeeds Act.

ESSA is the eighth reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The architects of the 1965 ESEA designated that the law should be reviewed and updated at least every five to six years. BUT changes can be made more frequently.

What every citizen needs to decide is, does ESSA sufficiently address the problems with, and flaws of, NCLB?

Already decided? Contact Your Representatives Today!

REQUEST:  NO NEW FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING for the new programs in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

REQUEST: An immediate moratorium on charter school expansion and any expansion of data collection on the nation’s children that is occurring under a variety of federally supported programs.

REQUEST: An independent Congressional Oversight Hearing to review the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in light of the proper aims, goals, and limits outlined in the original 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Not sure? Read more before you decide. And read on…

Washington, We Have a Problem

“Most educators and policy experts will agree that NCLB has deep, structural flaws; … and … it actually creates barriers to reform and student progress.” Barbara Michelman

Many diehard education activists fought hard against the flaws of NCLB (as past attempts at ITEM actions shows). Numerous reasonable solutions for the “deep, structural flaws” were put forth in bills that died in committee including a White House petition that spawned this website.

Many of those same activists fought to stop ESSA  from becoming law because they felt it did not address the “deep, structural flaws” of NCLB.

Conventional wisdom tells us that it is harder to get a law repealed once it is in place.

But please don’t let that prevent you from taking the actions presented on this website. If you agree that ESSA should be changed immediately, take the necessary actions to make it happen.

This is why No Child Left Behind stayed in place, unchanged for 15 years.