Outrage over ESSA outreach - POLITICO
OUTRAGE OVER ESSA OUTREACH: The nation’s governors say they’re “concerned” the Trump administration's new guide for crafting state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act doesn't prioritize outreach to a variety of groups and individuals, like civil rights advocates, parents and state lawmakers. That kind of activity is a “core requirement” of the law, the National Governors Association said in a statement Monday. NGA is working closely with states as they design and submit their plans. “NGA has led national efforts to encourage significant input from classroom teachers, parents, superintendents, principals and school boards," the organization said. "We will not waver as a result of this development.” NGA said that, otherwise, the Trump administration’s guide rightly ensures that governors are involved.
— The new guide says states have the option of submitting additional information to the Education Department about their outreach efforts. But the Obama administration's guide, released last November, listed numerous groups and individuals that states were required to consult that “reflect the geographic diversity of the state.” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the guide "betrays the very intention" of the law. The National PTA said it was “extremely disappointed” by the new guidelines. The ranking Democrats on the two education-focused committees on Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott, also slammed the guide for "casting aside" teachers, parents and others.