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NSBA joins the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced yesterday that it is uniting with nine other leading education organizations to form the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network, a new coalition aimed at making the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) a law that puts students first.

The announcement came in a letter to Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. in which the organizations say that they “look forward to a cooperative, collaborative and productive relationship” with the U.S. Department of Education throughout the transition to and implementation of ESSA.

In the coming months, the coalition will work on a number of objectives—such as promoting state, local, and school decision making during implementation and collaborating with a broader group of education stakeholders—in order to switch to a new system under ESSA that “replaces a top-down accountability and testing regime with an inclusive system based on collaborative state and local innovation.”

Members of the State and Local ESSA Implementation Network include NSBA, the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of State Boards of Education, AASA: The School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the National PTA.

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