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Comments to USDoED on ESSA Regulations Due Today
Missouri Education Watchdog by Anne Gassel

Wasting no time in getting the regulations in place that will flesh out the terms in ESSA, the US Dept of Education is seeking comments from interested parties on proposed regulations to implement programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (title I) in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2016.

From the federal notice of proposed rulemaking:

Programs under title I are designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards. The Secretary invites advice and recommendations concerning topics for which regulations may be helpful to assist States, school districts, and schools to implement the new law. In addition, we will convene two regional meetings at which interested parties may provide additional advice and recommendations.

The 1,000+ page bill that had only two days of review by legislators before passage, already has a whole host of regulations associated with it ready to go. The bill was passed on December 10, 2015. The first of two public hearings on the proposed rules was held January 5th in DC and another January 19th in California. It was no coincidence that the bill was passed just before the holidays and that the public comment period was ridiculously short given the complexity of the bill. DC isn’t really interested in hearing from the public.

You may use the eRulemaking portal to provide comments.

Advice and Recommendations

The Secretary invites advice and recommendations from interested parties involved with the implementation and operation of programs under title I concerning topics for which regulations or nonregulatory guidance may be necessary or helpful as States and LEAs transition from NCLB and implement the ESSA. The Secretary specifically invites advice and recommendations from State and local education administrators, parents, teachers and teacher organizations, principals, other school leaders (including charter school leaders), paraprofessionals, members of local boards of education, civil rights and other organizations representing the interests of students (including historically underserved students), representatives of the business community, and other organizations involved with the implementation and operation of title I programs.

Under the ESSA, prior to issuing proposed rules under title I on standards, assessments under section 1111(b)(2), and the requirement under section 1118 that funds be used to supplement, and not supplant, State and local funds, the Department must establish a negotiated rulemaking process […]