Public Input Drives Every Student Succeeds Act Conference
BARRE – A new law that will shape the future of education in Vermont (the Every Student Succeeds Act) was discussed by more than 150 parents and community members who attended a conference at the Jay Peak Resort, Aug. 10-11, 2016.
ESSA is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 15, 2015. The law was designed to address structural inequities in education funding for marginalized students.
Public comment by educators, communities, parents and students across the country will weigh heavily on how the law is implemented.
“The conference was well attended, and in the past few months we’ve had input from more than 1,000 Vermonters from every corner of the state,” said Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe. “Holding the conference in the Northeast Kingdom was important as we work to narrow the achievement and opportunity gaps for all students, including those in more isolated, rural areas.”