State & Local School Systems


             Exploring  what the experts say about
              state departments of education 
            and local school systems



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"Researchers have identified capacity challenges and barriers that states confront as they try to implement education policy."

Yet, ESSA has returned power 
back to legislatures, governors, and 
state education agencies.



ESSA also "ends"
requirements ensuring that states must take specific actions on behalf of children in low-performing schools.


"State and local
policymakers, teachers, principals, superintendents,
unions, businesses, parents and students
must, therefore, take part in an inclusive process to set a vision
for reform and identify priorities."


The Evolving Role of the State Education Agency in the Era of ESSA: Past, Present, and Uncertain Future. . . Click here to learn more.

How can states equip school districts to adopt evidence-based interventions? Click here to learn more.

How State Education Agencies Can Support College and Career
Ready Standards. . . Click here to learn more. 



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The U.S. cannot ignore the reality that most state education systems are falling dangerously behind the world.
What is the solution(s)?   Click here to learn more.   

Learn about changes to policy leadership across the states. . . Click here to learn more:  

Learn about parent power in  local school systems
and the ESSA provisions. . . Click here to learn more. 
Additional Information to Review on States & Districts. . .
(This section will be updated on a regular basis.) Also, click here and here to learn more. 


Unpacking ESSA State Plans:
Insights for Policy, Research, and Practice

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State Educational Plans
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to learn more. 

Analysis of state laws, rules, and regulations
that shape the teaching profession
Click here to learn more. 


When it Comes to Education,
the Federal Government
is in Charge of ... Um, What?
Click here to learn more 


Principals Action Plan for
the Every Student Succeeds Act
Providing All Students With a
Well-Rounded  and Complete Education  
Click here to learn more.


State Education Policy Tracking
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Governors and State Legislators & ESEA Implementation?
Click here to learn more. 

"Hold the public schools accountable! Note: This clarion cry, first heard
in state capitals in the late 1980s, has since been repeated and
amplified by many states, by the courts, and most recently, by the
federal government." 

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