The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a critical component in our fight to ensure students with disabilities are held to high standards and have access to a high quality education. ESSA was a successful bi-partisan effort passed last year to improve education for all students, built upon the framework of accountability -- and it is in danger.
Congress is trying to weaken the ESSA by rescinding important regulations that are critical for its meaningful implementation. If they succeed, students with disabilities will suffer.
The Senate must defeat this bill and uphold the accountability and state plan regulation. Tell your Senators that you support the goals and regulations of ESSA to ensure a fair and equitable school system for all children. Rather than making it easier for states to skirt the law, we must find ways to continually ensure the educational well-being of students.
The regulations clarify the statutory language in ESSA, build upon ESSA's flexibility for school improvement, and provide a clarified role for families, educators, and stakeholders to share in the implementation process. Perhaps, most importantly, the final regulations maintain the civil rights legacy of the law by meaningfully including all students, including students with disabilities.
Louisianans, contact your Senators and tell them to protect the Every Student Succeeds Act!
Senator Bill Cassidy: (202) 224-5824, www.cassidy.senate.gov/contact
Senator John Kennedy: (202) 224-4623, www.kennedy.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
Article published: March 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m.