Continued School Closures in Puerto Rico; Questions About Federal Enforcement of ESSA
Process and Protest: To advance educational excellence and equity, we must prioritize the needs of our most vulnerable students and communities. To accomplish this goal, we need clear processes for the deliberation and development of policy, and we need to take opposition to current and proposed policies and practices – protest – into account as a healthy part of those processes. This Newsbrief gives our sense of important and timely federal educational news within this process and protest context.
Continued School Closures in Puerto Rico
More than two weeks after Hurricanes Maria and Harvey swept across the island, the United States territory of Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover… READ MORE >
Questions About Federal Enforcement of ESSA
The initial reviews of the ESSA implementation process have been mixed…. READ MORE >
What Else is Happening in Our Network?
- The Migration Policy Institute is hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 12th, 12:00 PM ET: Are States Recognizing and Responding to the Needs of Their Dual Language Learner Children? The webinar will present key findings from a study of state and national demographic and policy profiles highlighting the characteristics of DLLs, their families and the policy context they encounter in state early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems. Register here for the webinar, and read the U.S. and state demographics fact sheets here.
- The Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting a webinar, Students Without Status: Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET. Panelists will discuss DACA, the rights of undocumented students, best practices for creating a culturally inclusive school environment, and address questions from online viewers. Register here.
- The Schott Foundation is hosting a webinar, “National Movements for Racial Justice in Education,” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET, as part of its Grassroots Education Series. The moderated panel discussion will feature racial justice and education justice advocates from the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, the Journey for Justice Alliance, and the Dignity in Schools Campaign. Register here.
- Guy Johnson, Sr. Program Director, writes about the recent action to roll back more essential federal regulations at the Department of Education in his recent post – Bad Humours: A Bloodletter’s Guide to ESSA Implementation.
- The September issue of the Standard, a journal of the National Association of School Boards of Education (NASBE), is wholly focused on ESSA State Plans, including the importance of keeping equity at the core of ESSA implementation. This month, Molly Mauer, director, weighed in on the foundational importance of stakeholder engagement.
Be a Part of the Process
Stay up to date on the U.S. Department of Education decisions at ED.gov, where you can read updates from Secretary DeVos and subscribe to the US ED newsletter.
You can also advocate for all students by learning more about your state education policy – right now, states across the country are releasing drafts of their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These plans have open public comment periods and your input is critically important.