President Obama Signs New Education Policy

Education Policy: Some Think ESSA May Threaten Civil Rights

Last month, the states took back power of the educational system through the new federal U.S. education policy, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This replaces the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 as the latest effort to improve learning standards across the nearly 100,000 public schools in the nation.

The biggest impact of the new education policy is that state and local U.S. governments will now decide how they assess education quality and whether they evaluate teachers. This is a triumph for teachers unions, but according to civil rights groups, holding local government accountable for inadequacies could threaten disadvantaged students. These groups will now have to advocate for less-advantaged students throughout the states, recruiting parents to take a more active role at their students’ schools.

Will this act improve education in the U.S. by allowing local schools and governments to personalize their state standards? Or will it counteract the progress the country has made to ensure every student receives a quality education regardless of where they live?

Inform your opinion about this education policy by reading the full article on the American Prospect.

Jennifer Ortakales

Jennifer Ortakales

Jennifer is a Boston-based freelance journalist who has covered emerging fashion and New York Fashion Week for Papercut magazine. When she isn't talking people's ears off, she studies art history and reconstructs thrift clothes into her own designs.