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. Therefore we can act now to repeal ESSA…. ESSA must be replaced!

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

If you are ready to take a stand against the Every Student Succeeds Act, here are some reasoned requests that will stop the U.S. Department of Education from spending more money taking us in the same direction as No Child Left Behind. These actions do not do any harm to schools or school children in the process. They begin the process of legislating a better way to reform what needs improving.

REQUEST: A Continuing Resolution to fund the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to hold existing schools financially harmless but NO NEW FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDING for the new programs in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

REQUEST: An immediate injunction to stop implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to honor the NAACP call for a moratorium on charter school expansion and the call to stop the data collection on the nation’s children that is occurring under a variety of federally supported programs.

REQUEST: To start the repeal process for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a request to Congress for a full independent review of the law’s proper aims, goals, and limits.

Already decided? Contact Your Representatives Today! 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Conventional wisdom tells us that it is harder to get a law repealed once it is in place.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 repealed, take the necessary actions to make it happen.

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