Education Group: State Should Step Back, Let Teachers, Districts Decide

| June 28, 2017

By Nick O’Gara • Arizona Public Media 

Thousands of education professionals, including 80 from Arizona, are meeting in Boston over the next two weeks to hammer out the education priorities for their states at the annual National Education Association Representative Assembly.

It’s a business meeting, said Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas, and anyone can take the floor and present and advocate an idea in hopes of getting the NEA behind it, through debate and a vote from the delegates.

This year, Thomas said, the AEA has a couple of priorities among the many issues facing Arizona.

One is the rollout of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015. ESSA significantly rolled back mandates on testing, school ratings and teacher evaluations, according to Thomas, a “giant step backwards in federal control” that puts education programs in the hands of the states.

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