Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the most comprehensive federal education funding legislation, last passed in 2001 as No Child Left Behind.
 

In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) held two regional public meetings in Washington DC and Los Angeles on Title I of ESSA and accepted written comments from the public. Our members testified at both hearings and we submitted a comment letter to ED urging the Department to provide assistance to states through the issuance of guidance, regulations and technical assistance to help implement Title I’s provisions related to: school climate and safety as an indicator of school quality and student success; parent and family engagement and inclusion; state and LEA plan reporting on discipline; and the re-integration of system-involved students into the educational system.

 

The links below provide information on ESSA and DSC comment letters for implementation.
 

The Dignity in Schools Campaign's federal recommendations for implementation of ESSA include: 

  • Mandatory data collection on school discipline from all schools. 
  • Accountability mechanisms for addressing discipline and implementing best practices in the lowest performing schools, and 
  • Funding for Restorative Justice Practices and School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBIS)
  • Parental involvement in developing school discipline codes
  • Requiring states to describe how they will reduce suspensions, expulsions, referrals to law enforcement and other actions that remove students from instruction 
  • Funding-Competitive grants for school partnerships with community-based organizations. 

Below you will find more resources on ESSA implementation and an archive of background information on the ESEA and tools to help your federal advocacy. 


ESSA State Plans Webinar 2017 (Document)

Here you will find our webinar on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans in collaboration with DSC members and our federal partner NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. The webinar presentation includes the following: 

Joint DSC and NAACP LDF Sample ESSA Letter to State Education Departments (Document)

Here you will find a sample ESSA letter to state education departments created by the Dignity in Schools Campaign and our federal partner NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. This letter can be used as an advocacy tool to urge state departments of education:

DSC Every Student Succeeds Act Priorities (Document)

Here you will find a two- pager with our Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) priorities on school climate in State Accountability Systems and Plans.  Our priorities include:

Title VI and Discipline Disparate Impact Claims Presentation May 2016 (Document)

Here you will find a resource for understanding Title VI and disparate impact claims. The presentation details the effect of the Supreme Court Alexander v. Sandoval case on disparate impact and new legislation that has been proposed by Rep. Bobby Scott that would restore a private right of action to file disparate impact claims under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. 

ESSA FAQ on School Climate and Discipline Reform (Spanish) (Document)

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions in Spanish about the Every Student Succeeds Act's school climate and discipline reform provisions to support your local advocacy work. 

Every Student Succeeds Act Frequently Asked Questions- U.S. Department of Education (Document)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ED has prepared these frequently asked questions (FAQs) to support States and Local Education Agencies (LEA) in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA. 

Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act PowerPoint (Document)

Here you will find a presentation created by our member, Janel George of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.on Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This resource includes background information on ESSA and how communities can become engaged in helping create state plans to include school safety as an indicator for school success.

ESSA FAQ on School Climate and Discipline Reform (Document)

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the Every Student Succeeds Act's school climate and discipline reform provisions to support your advocacy work. 

ESSA House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing Statement (Document)

On February 25, 2016 the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee held the Upholding the Letter and Intent of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) hearing to discuss implementation of ESSA. The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) submitted a statement to the committee with our recommendations for ESSA implementation that call for the U.S.

School Discipline and School Climate Provisions in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (Document)

Here you will find a chart listing the school discipline and school climate provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The chart also outlines how Dignity in Schools Campaign members can engage in the development of state education plans and more. 

DSC Comment Letter on Priorities for Title I of Every Student Succeeds Act (Document)

In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) held two regional public meetings and accepted written comments for Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dignity in Schools Campaign members testified at both hearings and submitted written comments.

Dignity in Schools Campaign Opposition Letter to Final ESEA Bill (Document)

On November 30, 2015 Congress released the final agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)- the Every Student Suceeds Act.

DSC Urges Senate to Preserve Federal Oversight Role in ESEA Reauthorization (Document)
 
As the Senate begins voting today on its bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, the 98 member organizations of the Dignity in Schools Campaign urge senators to preserve the federal oversight role outlined in the original ESEA of 1965.
Tips for Sharing Your Story With Members of Congress (Document)

Here you will find tips on how to share your story with your member of Congress.

DSC ESEA Advocacy Packet 2015 (Document)

Here you will find an Elementary and Secondary Eduacation Act (ESEA) Advocacy Packet that includes an ESEA Fact Sheet, Social Media sample messages and tools to help your advocacy work with members of Congress. 

ESEA Bill Comparison Chart 2015 (Document)

Here you will find a bill comparison chart of proposed 2015 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bills from the House and Senate. 

DSC Comment Letter on The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (Document)
Here you will find DSC's Comment Letter on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 that includes our federal recommendations advocating for a federal role in education to create meaningful accountability to ensure that schools are practicing non-discriminatory discipline, creating positive and inclusive school climates, and acting to end school pushout and the School-to-Prison
DSC 2015 Fact Sheet on ESEA and Recommendations (Document)

Here you will find DSC's 2015 Fact Sheet on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with our federal recommendations advocating for a federal role in education to create meaningful accountability to ensure that schools are practicing non-discriminatory discipline, creating positive and inclusive school climates, and acting to end school pushout.

Murphy Booker Supportive School Climate Act 2015 (Document)

Here you will find Senator Murphy (Connecticut) and Senator Booker's (New Jersey) Supportive School Climate Act of 2015, a bill that would dedicate funding to support positive school climates and inclusive discipline best practices. 

DSC Comment Letter on The Student Success Act 2015 (Document)

Here you will find a DSC Comment Letter addressed to the Congressional House Education and the Workforce Committee as they consider H.R.

DSC ESEA Comment Letter 2015 (Document)

Here you will find a DSC Comment Letter addressing school climate and inclusive school discipline practices in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

ESEA Overview and DSC Priorities 2015 (Document)

Here you will find an overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the legislative process, a timeline for ESEA in the 114th Congress and important ESEA provisions. 

Measuring the School Climate and Safety Indicator Under ESSA (Document)
DSC Recommendations for Measuring the School Climate Indicator
 
Using data on chronic absenteeism is a start but not enough.
School Climate in ESSA State Plans (Document)

In December 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. DSC members were actively engaged in the crafting of ESSA, which includes several important provisions relating to school climate and discipline. States are now in the process of developing their ESSA plans to submit to the U.S.