Putting the 'Every' in ESSA: How states can prioritize pre-K to grade 3
What would it take for “every child to succeed,” as our new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) suggests? States can choose to use this major federal education legislation, which at its core is intended to address inequities in educational opportunities, to refocus on the early years–birth to third grade. State forerunners in addressing early learning in their draft ESSA consolidated state plans released for public comment are Illinois, North Carolina and Washington, and we know that early childhood leaders in several other states are working hard to develop early learning focused recommendations for their states’ ESSA plans. We propose a bold challenge–what if every state submitted an ESSA state plan that prioritized resources and strategies on children preschool to third grade?
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