The largest teachers union in America is going to have representatives from each state as part of their Every Student Succeeds Implementation Team. This group was formed so they can comb through the recently passed ESSA signed by President Obama last month. I know a few of the folks on this team, and I certainly hope they can help Delaware students, parents, teachers, and schools navigate through this transitional period.
There is news below about the ESSA and opt-out. I strongly urge all Delaware parents to read this as the new law allows for opt-out policies to be made at the state level, not the Federal level. This comes at a crucial time as the Delaware General Assembly is on the cusp of overriding Governor Markell’s veto of House Bill 50. The ESSA does not allow for the feds to issue letters about funding cuts whatsoever. The key words in this are “maintains requirements that assessments be administered to at least 95% of all students“. Schools control that, but they have absolutely no control if a parent chooses to not have their child take the assessment.
From their monthly newsletter, “Professionally Speaking”:
To meet DSEA and other state affiliate needs, NEA has created an ESSA Implementation Team. This team will have its first meeting in Washington, DC on January 22-23, 2016. Implementation team members will learn more about the core aspects of the law, provide advice about how best to equip affiliates and members with tools they need, and formulate strategies for connecting affiliates, members and staff together in this implementation effort so that we learn from each other and can help each other.