January 8, 2016

Can U.S. students claim ESSA as a victory?

Original op-ed in Education Week by Rich Johnson.

With the ink still drying on this landmark educational bill, I'm thinking about the original intent of the 1965 education bill, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESEA was signed into law as part of President Johnson's "War on Poverty" to provide equity in education. Burned by No Child Left Behind and its unintended consequences many decades later, I have high hopes for the promise of this new bill. As Democrats and Republicans alike race to claim victory on ESSA for their parties, now more than ever it is crucial to shift the conversation back to the students the law was designed to help: those from low-income areas whose schools have traditionally lacked access to equitable education resources. In that respect, can the students of this nation claim victory?

To read the complete article, visit Education Week.