Passing of ESSA

Everyone’s favorite Education Bill, No Child Left Behind, expired in 2007, and in 2015 Congress finally got around to doing something about it.  The new legislation is Every Student Succeeds Act, an effort that President Obama described as a “Christmas Miracle” because of its bi-partisan cooperation. But what does ESSA really do?

Well, in a nutshell the ESSA: A) Restores important authority over schools to the states, rather than the federal government, B) Provides $1.65 billion in grants for tech-related education programs (including professional development) and funds $1.6 billion per year in ongoing funds through 2020, C) Provides $1 billion to create “21st century community learning centers” to provide innovative ways of delivering education, D) Still emphasizes testing, but puts the responsibility in the state’s court, and E) Provides funding for training and retention of effective STEM teachers.

It is not a “perfect solution” by any stretch, and even the most ardent supporters of the legislation would like to see it do more, but all education groups seem to be supportive of the positive steps that the legislation does take toward restoring some autonomy to the states and funding new technology programs.

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Charice Carroll

Charice has been working with educational technology for over 25 years and still gets excited about sharing new tools and solutions with teachers all over Utah. She has served on the UCET Board for 10 years as a board member, president, and currently as the Advocacy Representative. Her day job is working at UEN as a Distance Learning Specialist for the past 20 years.

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