Transitions involving change from the old to the new or from the broad to the narrow (or vice versa) always produce challenges which must be dealt with all hopefully with the thoughts of a harmonious outcome for everyone. Everyone should take the positive attitude that “we face the future with high hopes and great expectations.” There is a big job ahead for the educational community in laying out the new map of education in America with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
To begin with, ESSA’s provisions impacting the 2016-2017 transition year are complex, but the situation became even more complicated in December when Congress passed the FY 2016 appropriations bill less than two weeks after passage of ESSA. The appropriations act includes a provision stating that notwithstanding language in ESSA making its amendments to formula grant programs generally effective July 1, 2016, “non-competitive formula grant programs authorized by the ESEA for use during academic year 2016-2017 shall be administered in accordance with the ESEA as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act.”
Interest in the ESSA‘s implementation varies in many aspects by and from administrators, teachers, parents, concerned citizens, et al. Click here to read the NEA’s latest ESEA/ESSA Update, Issue #228 – January 29, 2016. Of course each state will also provide updated information particular to each state and need and or special concerns which may be reflected based on autonomy that states and school districts have indicated needed to effectively establish the school system required for today and the future with education leading the way.