Press | New Leader Principal to Serve on ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

New York, NY—Today, the U.S. Department of Education convened a negotiated rulemaking committee to develop proposed regulations to implement Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). New Leaders is pleased that principals and other school leaders are included on the 24-person committee along with a diverse group of educators, system leaders, parents, and advocates.

We are especially proud that Aqueelha James—a New Leaders alumnus—has been selected to serve as one of two principal representatives on the committee.

Ms. James has more than a decade of experience as an educator, including as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in public and private schools in Washington, DC. Ms. James will assume the principalship of Roosevelt International High School in SY2016-17; she is currently hard at work planning for the transition. Prior to this promotion, Ms. James served as principal of John Burroughs Elementary School, a PK-8 STEM integration neighborhood school serving a diverse student population, 99 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and 20 percent of whom receive special education services. Under Ms. James’s leadership, Burroughs was designated a “rising” school in recognition of the strong academic progress students have made under the rigorous STEM-focused curriculum. She previously taught biotechnology at McKinley Technology High School, a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award-winning school, and served as a science teacher at Excellence Christian High School, Clinton Christian High School, and Langston High School.

The negotiated rulemaking committee will meet for two sessions on March 21-23, 2016, and April 6-8, 2016. The Department may convene a third session on April 18-19, 2016, if needed.

Georgia West, Director, Marketing and Communications or 646-792-7862