In the news: The Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). President Obama made it official by signing the new K-12 education bill into law.
Some advocates are excited because: The criterion for accountability has been broadened to include student engagement, educator engagement, and school climate and safety as indicators of success; states will be required to collect data on school quality (e.g., bullying/harassment, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, etc.); and funding for “safe and healthy” initiatives will soon follow.
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