State to adopt plan for new US education law

| October 12, 2016

By Brianna Bradley • Casa Grande Dispatch

PHOENIX — Arizona is the first state to come up with a draft plan for a new education law designed to replace No Child Left Behind.

The U.S. Education Department reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 with the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, nationally referred to as ESSA, replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. President Obama signed the new law on Dec. 10, 2015.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 was a civil rights law meant to serve low-income students and improve elementary and secondary education, according to the Education Department.

ESSA is the latest extension of the act and allows the U.S. government to support national and local education goals with grants and resources.

Charles Tack, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Education, said Arizona’s draft ESSA plan is open to public input and sharing of multiple drafts.

“You are going to see more funding being made available for gifted education, school safety and school health,” Tack said.

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