Every Child Achieves Act

U.S. Education Department Dear Colleague Letter to States on ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education's Ann Whalen wrote this dear colleague letter to states to outline the process of transition throughout the United States to the Every Student Succeeds Act. In the letter, Ms. Whalen writes "In the coming months, ED will provide ongoing guidance to support schools, districts, and States in the transition to the ESSA.  This letter begins this process and provides guidance regarding certain activities for which we know you are working toward imminent deadlines and that are affected by this reauthorization."

NSBA ESSA Media Toolkit

This media toolkit contains outreach materials to help school board members communicate their support for the Every Student Succeeds Act. It includes talking points, NSBA-approved quotes, Sample Social Media, and other resources about the bill. 

NSBA Letter to Senate Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act

In this letter, sent on December 7, 2015 to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

ESSA Transition Timetable and FAQ: A Local School Board Primer

This document contains a brief, tailored overview of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — the 114th Congress’s effort to update the antiquated NCLB — for school board members with key information (e.g., effective date of existing waiver terminations) about how Congress has overhauled the law in favor of restoring local governance and community leadership in public education.

NSBA Letter to House Leaders Supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act

In this letter, sent on December 1, 2015 to Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Minority Leader, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's support for the "Every Student Succeeds Act."

National Education Groups Continue to Push Congress to Get ESEA Done, Begin Weeklong Ad Campaign

Washington, DC (November 2, 2015) - It’s time for Congress to finish the job of revising No Child Left Behind and not let another school year go by under the old law, 10 education organizations say in a digital advertising campaign to begin today.

National Education Groups Continue to Push Congress to Get ESEA Done, Begin Weeklong Ad Campaign

It’s time for Congress to finish the job of revising No Child Left Behind and not let another school year go by under the old law, 10 education organizations say in a digital advertising campaign to begin today.

NSBA and National Education Groups Urge Congress to Finish the Job on ESEA Reauthorization This Fall

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today joined nine other national education groups in a joint letter urging lawmakers to “finish work on ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) and deliver a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk this fall.”  

NSBA and National Education Groups Urge Congress to Finish the Job on ESEA Reauthorization

On September 29, 2015, NSBA and nine other national education organizations sent this letter to Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Chairman Lamar Alexendar (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Education committee urging them to finish work on ESEA and deliver a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk this fall.

Key Information for School Board Members for Meetings with Members of Congress During the August Congressional Recess

The Congressional August recess presents a unique opportunity for school board members across the country to meet locally and share with their members of Congress public education issues of great importance to their communities. This year, House members will recess from July 31 until September 7, while Senators won’t begin their recess until August 10 continuing through September 7.

During these periods when your federal lawmakers are home we hope that you will engage them in conversation from the local school board member’s perspective.

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