Greater opportunities for students under new education law | The Gazette

wawroTammy Wawro, guest columnist
Dec 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

Years of political wrangling have finally produced a law which creates greater opportunity for every student in our public schools, regardless of ZIP code, and ends the failures of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

President Barack Obama recently signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. This bipartisan bill reforms the federal law called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and ushers in a new era in public education for our nation’s schools.

The Every Student Succeeds Act empowers educators as trusted professionals to make school and classroom decisions, while keeping the focus on students most in need, for the first time since NCLB was enacted nearly 14 years ago. It moves the decision making power from the federal government to states and local school districts giving educators a voice in the process.

Too often educators have been left out of the discussion when important decisions were made affecting the students in their care. It stands to reason the same professionals who see our students day-in-and-day-out, who know their learning patterns and growth potential be in the conversation at the state and local levels.

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