ESSA Organizing

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Now we have a real chance to make our public schools places where teaching and learning are driven by joy, not fear.

Back in December President Obama signed ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) into law. ESSA gets the federal government out of the bad-education policy business. Teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff nationwide were instrumental in achieving the unprecedented federal flexibility in ESSA. We must continue to make our voices heard as ESSA is implemented. We can not leave states and districts to do this alone and squander the opportunity we worked so hard for. AFT affiliates  all over the county are already engaging their members to get involved and help shape the next decade of education policies in their states.

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For those working on ESSA implementation, one-stop shopping for ESSA resources The AFT has just launched a new online community to help state and local affiliates work effectively on ESSA implementation. The new site features sample legislative language, timelines for the transition from NCLB to the new law, an FAQ, archived webinars and much more. Additionally, the site will serve as an online hub for AFT colleagues in different states to meet, confer and brainstorm about the ESSA challenges and opportunities they're dealing with. If you are a leader or affiliate staffer and would like access to the new platform, please contact Emily Kopilow (ekopilow@aft.org) in the AFT educational issues department and provide your title and affiliate name.