When Congress last December passed the Every Student Succeeds Act– ESSA– it effectively returned significant power back to the states in the field of education. It replaces the No Child Left Behind law, which had been under increasing criticism in recent years from both the political Right and Left. ESSA now allows states and local schools/districts to make more education decisions and requires states to develop plans that address standards/assessments, school and district accountability, as well as assistance for struggling schools and students. “For all those invested in the future of Georgia’s education system – and those interested in a more holistic approach for students – whether you’re a parent, a student, an educator, or a community member, I strongly encourage you to offer your feedback as we develop our ESSA state plan,” Superintendent Richard Woods says. He is urging anyone interested in the future of Georgia’s public education system to attend one of eight public feedback sessions on ESSA.
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