New Leaders — along with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 28 other organizations representing educators, children, and families — has called on Congress to continue supporting states, districts, and schools in their work to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at the local level.
Read the letter to U.S. Senators (March 2017)
Read the letter to U.S. Representatives (February 2017)
In addition, hundreds of teachers, principals, and parents affiliated with Teach Plus, New Leaders, Teach For America, Stand for Children, and TNTP expressed their opposition to rolling back these important ESSA guidelines and protections.
As previously stated, New Leaders believes the U.S. Department of Education’s final regulations regarding the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of ESSA represent a balanced approach to supporting states and districts to adopt locally-developed, evidence-based accountability systems and school improvement solutions. States, districts, and school leaders must now continue the challenging, necessary work of implementing ESSA with fidelity and quality. To do so, they need consistency and stability from the federal government to effectively support teachers, students, and families in transitioning to the new requirements and, together, to accelerate and sustain improvement in the years ahead.